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THE BEST SELLING MAGAZINE FOR THE 

AMSTRAD PCW 



PLUS 



ISSUE 40 • JANUARY 1990 • £1.75 



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1989 

8000 Plus is an independent 
publication Future Publishing Ltd 
have no link with Amstrad pic 
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HNEWS PLUS 
The latest -first! 

|fjl DISC EDITORS 

1 Software saviours fight corruption 

HCP/M 
SID? Overlooked? Not any more 



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1] PCW CHALLENGE 

'lj 4-game compilation reviewed 



STREAMLINED BASIC 

How to write the programs with bells and whistles 



PERIPHERAL VISION 

J] PCW add-ons to expand your horizons 



m 

Eft HOTEL 
"J Eat your heart out Arthur Hailey! 



Ti LOCOSCRIPT PAGES 

1 Everything you need to know about labels 



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SPEAKEASY 

jl Brian Holley goes in search of an expert 



■31 DISC DOCTOR 

1 8000 Plus talks to Dave Smith 

SPEECH SYNTHESISER 

Hearing is believing 




, THE MEMORY GAME 

I Just how does it work? 



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DTP SPECIAL 

jl We explore the options -with a little help from you 



BOOK LOOK 

Introducing dBase and business computing 

BIORHYTHMN 

Peaking and troughing with Biolog's new program 



jl LANGFORD 

The columnist who needs no introduction 



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|| DISC DOCTOR 

Charity and corruption? We find the link. 



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I SPEECH SYNTHESISER I 



fZI LISTINGS 

I DIY BASIC type-ins for all the family 

71 TIPOFFS 

| yj The pages with more hints than an adventure game 



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GOOD SOFTWARE GUIDE 

Spreadsheets, graphics and games 



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TO POST SCRIPT 

||1|| Last but not least -over to you! 

f|Tj| BACK PAGE 
kill Competition details 



WT% SPEECH SYNTHESISER 

[jf^ The PCW gets more and more voluble by the minute 



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BUSINESS 

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Introduction to 
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BOOKS 

8000 Plus gets down to serious business 



The Amstrad Professiona 
User Group is the official 
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Amstrad PC, PPC and PCW 
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NEWS PLUS 



Wising up 



Amstrad, it would appear, have 
realised that there really is no kind 
of salesman like an informed one. 
The company's distribution wing is 
taking steps to sharpen the sales 
pitch of independent dealers by 
laying on a variety of training 
courses which span the whole 
range of Amstrad computers - 
including the PCW. 

But what about the end user? 
Once the decision has been taken 
to buy a personal computer - to 



increase efficiency, maximise 
productivity and meet deadlines 
with unruffled calm - it's a simple 
matter to walk into any local 
highstreet store and purchase 
one. It could just as easily be a 
television or CD player. 

Yet the difference is soon 
obvious and the naive buyer 
tumbles reluctantly to the con- 
clusion that the PCW is actually a 
very demanding machine. Unlike 
a new TV, it's not a simple matter 
of attaching a plug, switching it on 
- and waiting. 

The PCW, as magazines like 



Thanks for the memory 



SCA systems, the West Sussex 
company most famous for their 
Real Time clock, will start 
shipping a RAM upgrade in the 
new year. This comes as the first 
competition to the Isenstein 
board which has been on the 
market for some months now. 

The SCA RAMPAC, which we 
have not seen as yet, is said to 
provide an additonal half 
megabyte of memory. 

In simple terms this means 
another 851 2 added to your 
machine. In the case of 9512 
and 8512 machines this will give 
a full megabyte of memory with 



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SCA 



RamPae 



The soon-to-be-released SCA 512k 
RAMPAK. built with Locomotive's support. 



which to play around. In real 
terms once you have software 
running you will be left with 880k 
on the 512k machines and 624k 
on an 8256. 

Happily this major memory 
boost for the PCW looks as if it 
will be easy to fit. Instead of 
having to get inside the machine, 
SCA tell us that you merely fit it 
into the expansion port at the rear 
of the PCW. It also comes with a 
through-port. This means that 
you can continue using the 
peripherals, such as modems, 
mice and extra printers. 
Theoretically this also means that 
you can mount further memory. 
SCA say that, "The RAMPAC has 
provision for a further one 
megabyte of RAM to occupy the 



maximum addressable two 
megabytes. " 

One very encouraging sign is 
the involvement of Locomotive 
Software. Not only have 
Locomotive run several tests on 
the board, including their own 
RAMtest, they will also be 
publishing the specifications on 
the PCW's addressable memory. 
These have not previously been 
available. This should mean that 
software writers and manufac- 
turers will be able to make full 
use of the board. 

Howard Fisher of Locomotive 
told us, "What Locomotive want 
is freely available memory. Of 
course if we're to be linked with 
any product, that product must 
be of the highest quality. In fact 
we used two SCA RAMPACs on 
our PCWs at the Computer 
Shopper Show." 

All of this sounds exciting, for 
current users of the machine and 
for the PCW generally. With more 
companies taking an interest in 
expanding the PCW's hardware 
potential the chances are that 
previously disinterested software 
houses will take the machine 
seriously. Gone are the days 
when people could say that the 
PCW was limited because there 
was simply no room to run 
anything. With a fully 
implemented SCA RAMPAC 
running on an 8512 or 9512 you 
could end up with a PCW2048!. 
Add to this a 48mb hard disc and 
you have a seriously hard 
machine which would make 
some so-called sexy clone PC's 
look to their laurels. So, come 
along software houses and meet 
the demand with supply. 

The RAMPAC will be on sale 
in the new year at a cost of £1 1 9 
plus VAT. For more information 
contact Peter Mydlarz at SCA on 
0903 506606. 



this one are in the business 
of demonstrating, is not just 
an electronic typewriter; it's a 
personal computer with a whole 
range of applications and software 
to support it. 

It requires a lot of input and 
work from you, its user, before 
it will even start to yield the 
dividends you expected to see at 
the outset. And until that initial 
work is completed, it is more 
realistic to expect the machine to 
paralyse rather than galvanise 
activity for a while. 

The answer lies, very simply, 



in training - whether formalised 
group learning or self-tuition. 
Good training doesn't have to be 
the prerogative of the salesperson 
who sells you your machine; get 
some for yourself and become 
an informed user. It's the only 
way to unlock the potential of 
your PCW and make those early 
expectations come true. 

Happy New Year! 





Move on up 



8000 Plus is moving. With the 
expansion of Future Publishing 
forcing writers, designers and the 
advertising crew to sit on each 
others laptops, it was decided that a 
plush new HQ was required. 

Not wanting to forsake the 
beautiful city of Bath, we and our 
sister magazines (Amiga Format, 
Mac Publishing, Amstrad Action to 
name just three) will be ensconsed 
in a building three times the size of 
our present home. In order that we 
may still make use of the Bath 
Tandoori and other essential 
amenities, the new building is just 
around the corner. The full address 
is 8000 Plus, Beauford Court, 30 
Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon, BA1 
2AP. The telephone number is 0225 
442244 but it shouldn't be used 
until at least January 2nd 1990. 



Tooling along 



Two very interesting pieces of news 
from Moonstone Computing. This is 
the company, based in 
Clydebank, which produces 
PCW-ToolKit, the disc editor 
that is reviewed in this issue. 

Firstly, they have 
decided to upgrade PCW- 
Toolkit while retaining the 
current price of £24.95. 

Additions to the program 
mean that discs will 
automically be formatted 
when copying to them. More 
importantly, according to 
Moonstone, "Version 2 can 



actually recover the data held in 
faulty sectors with certain types of 
damage. Previous versions and 
most other software couldn't read 
sectors which were damaged at all, 
and had to sacrifice them in order to 
rebuild the rest of disc." 

In inexperienced hands any disc 
editor can be a potentially 
dangerous piece of software. 
Moonstone inform us that they have 
even taken this into consideration: 
"The exact way it (ToolKit v2) works 
is controlled by a set of new 
'intelligent' commands. These 
default, however, to the best and 
safest settings, this means that 
inexperienced users never need to 
know about them!" 

The manual, which was already 
good (if a little shabby in 
appearance), has been given a 
thorough overhaul, having been 
properly typeset. 

Current users need not fear that 
they will have to fork out £24.95 for 
the changes; Colin Foster of the 
company assures us that 
Moonstone "... will upgrade 



MOONSTONE 

computing 



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Power corrupts but Moonstone's ToolKit goes a long way 
to uncorrupt. They're even going as far as America. 



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PC1512 Double Drive Mono £459.00 

PC1640 Double Drive Mono £535.00 

PC1640 30Mb HD Mono £711.00 

PC2086 Single Drive 12" Mono £540.00 

PC2086 HD 12" Mono Display £769.00 

PC2086HD 14" Colour £859.00 

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Printer Cleaning Kit-PCW8000'S £14.60 

Mouse Mats £4.35 



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3.5" ATHANA DS/DD DISCS X 10 £13.00 

5.25" BULK-UNBRANDED X10 £4.35 

5.25" BULK-UNBRANDED X 25 £10.45 

5.25" BULK-UNBRANDED X50 £17.40 

DISC STORAGE 

AMS30L (AMSTRAD BRANDED) £11.00 

DS40L 373.5" LOCKABLE £8.50 

CT-31 00 373.5" LOCKABLE £10.20 

CT-50 5.25" (HOLDS 50) LOCKABLE ....£8.50 
DS100L 5.25" (HOLDS 100) LOCKABLE £10.20 

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Extends fabric ribbon life - will re-ink up to 30 
ribbons!!! 
EXCELLENT VALUE COMPATIBLE RIBBONS:- 

PCW8256 Fabric (14mm length) x2 £6.51 

PCW 8256 Carbon Multistrike ,...x2 £6.51 

PCW 9512 Carbon Multistrike ,...x2 £6.00 

PCW 9512 New Fabric type x2 £6.00 

AMSTRAD BRANDED PRINTER RIBBONS 

PCW8256 Fabric or Carbon MS. x2 £13.03 

PCW9512 Carbon Multistrike x2 £12.17 

NEW! - COLOUR RIBBONS 
PCW8000 SERIES FABRIC: 
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PURPLE/MAGENTA or CYAN 

Any Two £11.80 

Any Five £27.60 

Any Ten £49.00 

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SP/10 1 ply plain- 1000 sheets £11.30 

SP/20 1 ply plain - 2000 sheets £15.60 

DP/05 2 ply plain - 500 sheets £15.60 

DP/10 2 ply plain - 1000 sheets £24.30 

11" x 14.5"Continous:- 

1 ply plain - 500 sheets £9.00 

1 ply plain - 1000 sheets £10.75 

1 ply plain - 2000 sheets £22.50 

A4 - (TRUE A4) 80 gsm - Continuous:- 

500 x plain white/micro pert £12.90 

1000 x plain white/micro pert £19.95 

2000 x plain white/micro pert £33.50 

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Plain White - 500 sheets £7.25 

Plain White - 1000 sheets £13 75 

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ONE WIDE 3 1/2" x1 7/16" - 500 £7.25 

ONE WIDE 3 1/2" X1 7/16"- 1000 £13.75 

ONE WIDE 3 1/2" x1 7/16 - 2000 £22.50 

ONE WIDE 3 1/2" x1 7/16 - 4000 £42.50 

NOT ONLY BUT ALSO! 

Contact us for Dictating Machines, 

Telephones, Typewriters, Shredders, 

Photocopiers, Computer Furniture, Video 

Recorders, Fax Machines, Satalite Dishes, 

Office equipment, and office 

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I 1 



SOFTWARE 



EVEN THE SCORE WITH THE COMPOSERS 
PEN - *NEW* - ALLOWS YOU TO WRITE 
YOUR OWN SHEET MUSIC ON SCREEN 

ONLY £56.00 

Mini Office Pro.Plus - not 8256 £29.00 

Mini Office Pro - suits all PCWs £25.87 

I , 

SWALLOWTAIL SOFTWARE PRESENTS:- 

PRO-EAZE PCW - Invoicing, ordering, 

settlement of suppliers invoices and many 

other useful documents - 

special offer only £15.00 

WORTH GETTING PROTEXT FOR! 



WORDPROCESSORS 

PROTEXT - THE FULL SYSTEM: £33.00 

Flipper 2 - not for PCW8256 £26.00 

Locoscript II £18.95 

Lococombo - Locoscript II & Spell £27.00 

Locospell II £15.20 

Locofile - database for loco II £24.20 

Locomail II £24.20 

Locofonts £15.20 

Locofont II £11 99 

TAS-PRINT 8000 £10 00 

TAS-SIGN 8000 £20 00 

DIGITA 'E' TYPE-typewriter emulator ...£24.1 5 

M.A.S.S. Easy Labeller £21 .00 

SPREADSHEETS 

Supercalc II £34.60 

Cracker II Turbo £34.75 

Rotate: for sideways printing! £17.00 

DATABASES 

Cornix Card Index - simple to use £25.90 

Mastertile 8000 - best general use £28.00 

I If you are unsure which package 

I you need for your business please ' I 

I phone and we will describe the various I 

packages in clear jargonless terms - 

but leave you to decide. 

I 1 

dBase II - the 'do all' database P.O.A 

DIGITA - Datastore II £25.20 

ACCOUNTS 

Money Manager PCW (NEW OUT!) £28.25 

Money Manager Plus £24.00 

Meridian Stockmarket £25.00 

CORNIX 

Simple Accounts II - PCW £82.60 

Job Estimating v2 £65.20 

Product Costing v2 £65.20 

MICRO SIMPLEX 

VAT made simple - A/Cs system £99.95 

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DTP AND GRAPHICS 



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Microdraft (graphic design) £67.60 



TRAINING 



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NEWS PLUS 



existing customers' programs for 
£1 inclusive if they return their 
original discs." 

The next update from the Scot's 
software house is internationalist in 
flavour. With even the Soviet Union 
deciding to do its Christmas 
shopping at Macey's, Moonstone 
have decided to begin exporting 
PCW-ToolKit to the USA. 

This project has been in the 
pipeline for six months. It finally 
came to fruition when Sinotech 
Ltd of Mundelein Illinois 
approached Moonstone. PCW- 
ToolKit will join other products such 
as Mini-Office and The Cracker in 
America. For more information 
contact the amiable Colin Foster on 
041 941 3120. 



Your better nature 



Burglars are, hopefully, dragged 
into court, muggers are gaoled, but 
what happens to the victims of 
these criminals? 

8000 Plus, or rather its readers, 
have received a plea for help from 
the Chichester and Bognor Regis 
Victim Support Scheme. 



CBVS 



CHICHESTER & 
BOGNOR REGIS 



VICTIM 
SUPPORT 

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The Chichester and Bognor Victim Support 
Scheme appeals to your better nature. 



This group is one of 320 others 
affiliated to a national organisation 
based in Brixton, South London. We 
spoke to the Chichester 'co- 
ordinator' Jill Munion who explained 
the role of the scheme and also 
aspects of training for volunteers in 
this emotionally charged area. 

After vetting, which occurs 
during interview, volunteers are put 
through a seven week (one night a 



week) training course. During this 
time they are versed in, among 
other things, police and court 
procedure, victim reaction and 
associated organisations. Continous 
assessment is part of the course. 

Completion of the course does 
not automatically mean that a 
volunteer can then walk into the 
home of a victim. Assessment is still 
very much in force. 

Successful volunteers are 
expected to council victims of 
crimes such as mugging and 
burglary. A volunteer with a 
minimum of two years experience is 
then eligable to deal with rape 
victims and the families of mudered 
people. Not only does this sound 
like a highly professional 
organisation, it is also one of the 
most worthy causes we've 
encountered in some time. 

So what did they want? Money? 
Publicity? No, simply a PCW8512. 
Mr W G Calvert who wrote to us 
says that they are willing to collect 
and pay but, of course a gift would 
be more than acceptable. Any 
offers? If so contact W G Calvert or 
Jill Munion on 0243 670718. 



Dealing, the 
good cards 



No, not a game but a new 9512 
starter package from Amstrad. This 
one is aimed at the dealers though. 
Over recent months you will have 
seen the televison advertising 
which has been pushing the PCW 
9512. Well, according to a 
computer trade weekly, aptly called 
Computer Trade Weekly, Amstrad 
are offering the following deal to 
retail outlets. 

A special starter pack 
containing "everything an end user 
needs to fully utilise his(s/c) new 
word-processor from the moment of 
purchase. It includes blank discs, a 
disc holder, spare ribbons, dust 
covers, a VDU cleaner and 13 amp 
plug. Also included will be a 
special voucher redeemable 
against one of three different 
training courses from the Amstrad 
Business Training Centre". 

The price to the dealer is 
£29.34 while the recommended 
retail price will be £69.99 
(inclusive of VAT). 



CLUB 



Hampshire hogs 

A communication has reached us from the 
Hampshire PCW User Group. Mr P C 
Bassett tells us that membership of the club 
has risen to around 35 members with 
around 12 to 15 attending the monthly 
meetings in Southampton. 

The format of the meetings is 
consistent with a presentation followed by a 
general problem solving discussion. Recent 
meetings have involved Public Domain and 
games, although the latter didn't seem that 
popular with the group. 

The latest meeting entailed a 
presentation by Locomotive Software's 
Jane Packer who came over to 
Southampton. She talked about recent 
developments within the company and also 
about LocoScript 2.28 and 2.29. She was 
then 'inundated with questions'. 

The meetings are planned to continue 
with other guest speakers. Hampshire is a 
sizeable county and there must be a few 
thousand PCW owners resident within its 
boundaries (even Dorset). So why not drop 
Mr Bassett, the membership secretary, a 
line at the following address: Mr P C 
Bassett, 27 Fellows Street, Farnborough, 
GU14 6NU. You never know, it might give 
you the chance to get some direct feedback 
from companies such as Locomotive. At 
the least you will meet a few like minded 
people who can share some knowledge. 

Austin's rovers 

Gerry Austin of PCW-World has not only 



donated 4 copies of Streamlined BASIC 
(reviewed in this issue and well worth a 
look even for those readers who don't think 
they could ever enjoy BASIC) to the £1000 
8000 Plus competition, he has also sent us 
the PCW-World Public Domain catalogue. 

This beefy looking document contains 
a substantial amount of cheap software. 
NEWSWEEP, the space saving file 
manager which the 8000 Plus editorial 
department find invaluable, is included. 

Aside from old favourites such as this, 
there are programming languages including 
Small C, which produces Z80 mnemonics - 
by the way the Z in Z80 stands for Zilog. 
Two less well-known languages, LISP and 
STOIC are also included; LISP being a 
language most closely assciated with 
Artificial Intelligence (also known as Al). 
Games such as the classic Collosal Cave 
Adventure and Mastermind, graphics 
packages and communications software 
are there for the taking. 

All of the software is available on CF2 
(A> drive) discs. If you wish to have 
CF2DD format, this is only available on 
5.25 inch disc. Members pay £2.95, non- 
members £3.95, and add £1 .50 for post 
and packaging to your total order. These 
prices basically cover the cost of a new 
disc. PCW-World is such a professional 
organisation that credit card orders are 
accepted. If you wish to find out more 
about the club which is probably the 
largest in the country outside the official 
Amstrad organisation, you should contact 



Gerry Austin on the following number: 0384 
66269. You can also write to him at 
Cotswold House, Cradely Heath, Warley, 
West Midlands, B64 7NF. 

Full steam ahead comrade 
Skipper! 

The editor recently received a letter from 
Mrs L Y Skipper of Cleveland. Mrs Skipper 
is currently working on a project with the 
Moscow Chamber of Commerce and was 
in need of a Russian daisywheel for her 
9512. The situation was resolved, but what 
is of more interest to Club News is the fact 
that Mrs Skipper finishes her letter with the 
following idea, "There must be a lot of 
other users feeling isolated: would it not be 
a good' thing if an International PCW 
owner's club could offer some sort of 
lifeline to other members? I don't know 
whether any such organisation already 
exists: if not, I would be quite happy to 
start one up." 

Interesting, n'est 
pas? We know that 
many people think some 
of 8000 Plus is written in 
Polish but what do you 
think of this idea? 
Please write and tell us 
at our swish new offices: 
Beauford Court, 30 
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Does this man own the other 951 2 in the 
Eastern block? It wouldn't supnse us. 



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NEWS PLUS 




At the time of going to press 
Amstrad's business divison Sales 
Manager, based in Newcastle- 
under-Lyme, Mr Mike Walker was 
unavailable for comment; he was in 
a management meeting. Again, 
according to CTW, Mr Walker has 
said, "This really is a superb 
opportunity for our dealers to get 
added value and extra profit in the 
run-up period to Christmas. Our 
starter pack sells well, especially 
amongst first time end-users and 
this promotion should increase this 
even further." 

The dealers are even further 
enticed into selling the PCW9512 
because for the cost of £1 ,285 they 
will get three 951 2's with cut sheet 
feeders and three 'specially priced' 
starter packages. This would price 
each machine, feeder and package 
at £428.33 each. 

The more that Amstrad push the 
9512, the better it is for existing 
users of PCWs. We can only hope 
that this starter pack is available to 
all and not just 'first time end-users' 
(which end do they use?). Profit 
margins are profit margins and 
Amstrad have always been good at 
those. So, at around £70 a machine, 
the dealers are not making an 
astronomical cut. 

For more information contact 
Mike Walker on 0782 566344. 



Sales office 



Database Software have sent us yet 
another press release dealing with 
Mini Office. According to Database, 
the package has "... achieved 
another milestone in software 
marketing history by notching up 



more than 500,000 sales." 

The lucky 500,000th purchaser 
was 24 year Micheal Graham, a 24 
year old electrician from Dover-by- 
Cokermouth, Cumbria. He sent in 
his registration card and in return 
received £500 worth of Sony SLV 
401 video recorder. "I couldn't be 
more pleased", commented the 
lucky Mr Graham. 

It is certainly good to see a 
piece of software doing this well. 



Topologikal Jim 



For a machine which isn't supposed 
to have anything to do with games, 
there seem to be a lot of them 
about. One company which has 
been been creating quality text 
adventures for some years now is 
Brian Kerslake's Topologika. With 
the new decade nearly upon us (or 
engulfing us depending on when 



you're reading this) Topologika have 
come up with some special offers. 

Until February 28th 1990 their 
games are available for the princely 
sum of £1 1 .95 inclusive of postage, 
packing and VAT. The following are 
a selection of those available: 

Avon: which is based on a 
Shakespearian theme and which 
our reviewer appreciated in the 
November issue. 

Acheton: not a sneeze but, 
according to Topologika, "The 
biggest adventure ever written." 

Yes Chancellor!: an 
"economics simulation"; we'll leave 
the witty comments to your 
imagination. 

If you buy 2 games then 1 0% is 
deducted from the price, 3 games 
reduces it by 20% and 4 or more 
cuts it by 30%. Games from this 
company usually offer hours of quite 
stimulating fun. For more 
information contact Topologika on 
this number 0733 244682. 



Winter 
combinations 



Following on from last month's 
databases review, Digita 
International tell us that their 
database - Datastore - is still 
available. 

They also have two "special 
combination packages" featuring 
the Digita product range. The Home 
Combination Pack 1 includes 
Supertype II, Datastore and the 
Personal Tax Planner as well as 
Classic Invaders. It costs £49.95 
and will save you £45. 

Business Combination Pack 2 
includes Datastore II, Business 
Controller and DGPayroll and 
Supertype II. The saving here is, 
£65. Contact Jeremy Rhill at Digita 
on 0395 270273. 




SNIPPETS 



Thurston for knowledge 

Brian Thurston of Thurston 
Techniques has probably got 
more useful discs and ideas for 
LocoScript users than anyone else 
we could name. His series of 
Tempdiscs contain vast vistas of 
Headers, characters which have 
been re-defined as only Brian 
knows how. Prices, for his multitude 
of handy products range from £4.95 
for the Tempmate to £19.95 for 
the latest Tempdisc. For more 
information please contact Brian 
Thurston on 0395 277496. 

It's only a name 

This month's waste-a-tree press 
release photograph has been 
sent by Citizen Computer Printers. 
The blurb runs "Jubilant Citizen 
celebrated the spectacular win of 
the Mitsubishi-Oil Citizen team rally 
car in the RAC Lombard Rally 
driven by Pentti Airikkala." The 
blurb ran on, and on, and on. The 
picture, by the way, shows Rocky 
Otake of Citizen and Ari Vantanen 
who drove the second car with 
navigator Bruno Berglund. Might all 
this success entice Citizen into 
producing a cheap 24-pin printer? 




Two men. one car. some dirt and some 
particularly amusing names. 



It travels well 

Over recent months, people have 
been asking about copying files to 
other machines. 

Mapej Disk (sic) Copying 
Service import and export files 
from the PCW to machines such 
as IBM compatible computers. You 
will charged £7.50 per disc copied 
from. LocoScript files should be 
converted to Ascii. Mapej will 
charge 25p per file to convert. For 
more information you can contact 
them on 01 640 7676. 



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RESURRECTION! 

There can be life after death for your corrupt - oops! - corrupted files. Ever 
had that 'Disc error' message and found that vital disc unreadable? Maybe 
a disc editor can rescue your work. George Bridge undertakes to find out. 



Got one of those error messages? Missing address 
mark? Disc unreadable? Just because your PCW can't 
read a disc doesn't mean you've lost all the data. It's 
like a record that has a crack on it; you can still access 
the other tracks - maybe record them onto tape - you'd just 
miss out the the damaged section. 

Similarly, a good disc editor will let you look at any bit of a 
damaged disc and copy all the bits (literally Bits) that are OK. 
In practice this will probably be around 99% of it - you can 
recover almost all the data that was on the disc a little chunk 
at a time. This is why disc editors can be useful. 

Anatomy of a disc 

Inside the familiar rectangular case of a PCW 'disc', there 
really is a perfectly circular disc. It's made of thin plastic 
covered with magnetic material, not unlike the coating of an 
audio cassette tape. 

How is the data actually stored? Well, like a cassette, 
however closely you look at it you won't see anything. 
Everything from LocoScript text files to BASIC programs are 
stored as a series of magnetic blips on the disc. Now, if all the 
files were stored one after the other continuously, you'd be in 
trouble if you came to edit one in the middle of the disc 
somewhere and made it longer - all the others would have to 
be shifted along. 

So what all computers do is to split the disc up into 
sections or compartments. They then store the various bits of 
a file in these compartments and keep a note of which 
compartments hold which bits of the file in a special area of 
the disc called the 'Directory'. When a new file is created, it's 
put into the nearest available empty compartments. When a 
file is deleted, the compartments are emptied. 

Addressed to kill 

Imagine a street full of equally sized houses in which a 
number of families live; as a family grows, some members 
might move to other houses. A central list of who lives at what 
address will let you keep tabs on any particular family. It 
doesn't matter who moves where - you can always find all the 
members of a particular family if your list is up to date. Some 
houses might be empty at some time, and people move in 
and out constantly. 

If you equate a family to a file, and the central list to the 
directory, you can imagine how your data is stored. A house 
corresponds to a 'Block' on the disc. If one house loses its 
number, then you have problems. But clearly the worst 
problem is if you lose a page of your central list - which is 
precisely what happens in that 'missing address mark' 
situation! (Low number tracks and sectors are where the 
Directory is stored). If your PCW can't read the Directory area 
of the disc, it doesn't know where to find data, and gives up in 
utter desperation. 

The data is still there, of course - just as the various 
members of the family are still alive and kicking even though 
the page they appear on in the central list has gone west. All 
you have to do is make house-to-house calls to find who's 



where - which is exactly what a disc editor does. 

When you format a disc, a pattern of magnetic tracks is 
laid down, each neatly divided into 9 sectors. Each sector 
has a unique numerical address. It's like numbering the 
houses in this street, each of which also has its own unique 
geographical address. 

What not to do 

So what corrupts a disc? Anything that disturbs the magnetic 
blips, or more precisely fields, which are recorded on it. A 
really good way to ruin a disc is to run a magnet over it, but 
there are other less obvious ways. A ringing telephone 
generates a magnetic field, and can corrupt a disc nearby. 
Heat, dust and smoke (and tea or coffee spilt onto it) can do 
the same by altering the surface or the disc. Many discs just 
give up through old age; over two years old is heading for 
possible problems. Unfortunately the damage occurs 
completely unpredictably, and the best way to avoid it is to 
keep backups - copies of all your important discs. 

But the two most common reasons for corruption are if the 
head that reads the discs is slightly misaligned, or if there's a 
surge of power. As much of the time the head is reading the 
Directory - to find out where to find the contents of the file 
you're working on - this means that the Directory is the area 
most vulnerable to corruption, just as those things you use 
and need most are those you're most likely to leave on the 
bus or drop on the floor. 

When disaster strikes 

The dreaded error message? The first thing to do in CP/M, if 
you have the error on a B drive disc is to keep retrying - 
CP/M often misreads a disc first time round. 

Next, (or if the error's on the A drive) and if you can, copy 
the whole disc to a freshly formatted one so that you don't put 
your data at any further risk. DISCKIT or LocoScript 2 may 
not be able to do this for you, but it's always worth a try. 

If neither can do the job, then you need to use the disc- 
copier function of one of the better-equipped disc editors. 
Once you've made (preferably) several copies of the bad disc, 
you can relax a little and consider the possibilities. 

What files are rescuable? 

What kinds of files are amenable to data-recovery? Well, any 
kind of text file is fairly easy, even LocoScript ones, providing 
you can find most of the pieces that belong to it. 

Restoring spreadsheet or database or desktop publishing 
files can be much harder. If you have the time, study the 
structure of undamaged files to see if you can work out the 
arrangement. But it could be quicker simply to print out all the 
relevant figures and words you can retrieve and type them 
into a brand-new file. 

Program files (i.e. .COM files) are practically never worth 
trying to rescue, because losing just one bit can render the 
whole thing useless. 

Anyway, that's enough theory. Here's a list of the disc 
editors on the market for the PCW - and our verdicts on them. 



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DU 

Public Domain program • various suppliers • included on 
discs £5 or £6 • All PCWs 

Two versions of this program are current: DU86 and DU87. There seem to be no 
major differences between them. DU comes to us from non-PCW sources in the 
CP/M world, so some of the terminology is rather odd: 'Group' means 'Block', and 
'yank' means 'copy' or 'build file'. DU is a difficult program to get used to, and the 
documentation is no help at all until you have virtually hacked your way into some 
sort of familiarity with it. 

It operates exclusively from the command line like CP/M's SID. Alone of all disc 
editors it can be set to automatically copy up to 49K of data into what it calls 
'sequential memory'. It can print out the first and last records of all the blocks on a B> 
drive disc. You would need a lot of paper, but the results might help to solve one of 
the worst problems in data recovery, a completely trashed disc-Directory. 



IH 

42-42 


00DIK-B 


00 


03-OA 


00 J14CPN3 .EMS 00 


M-li 


00 TOOLKIT 


.COM 00 


12-12 


00 DK-FIB . 00 


13- LA 


00 TOOLKIT 


.COM 00 


IB- ID 


00 SlfPEK2AP.COM 00 


LME 


00 TOOLKIT 


.COM 00 


1F-21 


00 TOOLKIT .COM 01 


22-29 


00 J14CPH3 


, EMS 00 


2A-33 


00 J14CFH3 .ENS 01 


34-36 


00 TOOLKIT 


.cm oi 


37-38 


00 SUPEJt2AP.COM 00 


39-39 


00 KNLFE+ 


.COM 00 


3A-3A 


00 J14CPM3 .EMS 01 


3B-3B 


00 DISKDIT.C 


3C-40 


00 J14CPM3 .EMS 01 


11-42 


00 J14CPH3 


.EMS 02 


43-43 


00 TOOLKIT .COM 01 


44-49 


00 J14CPM3 


.EMS 02 


4A-4A 


00 DUMP .COM 00 


1B-4B 


Ml 


.COM 00 


K-Af 


00 SUPEJt2AP.COM 00 


so-so 


00DIBCHK 


.COM 00 


Sl-57 


00 DISKE0IT.COM 00 


58-60 


00 TOOLKIT 


.COM 01 


61-88 


00 DISKE0IT.COM 00 


Here Be Dragons 


.. DU's map of a horribl 


fragmented disc 


Your discs wi 


look like this after much use. The table is in 


two halves side by 


side. The Block numbers are in Column 


1 ; User Numbers in Col 2. Then come the File names, and | 


lastly the Extent Numbers. Read/Write ace 


ess to such a dis 


c can be very 


low. You can speed up access to your discs 


perceptibly by PIPing the files out occasionally to a newly-fo 


rmatted disc - 


one more of the unsung talents of PIP. 



Another unique DU feature is its ability to construct a 
'map' of the target disc showing which blocks belong to 
which files and where the free blocks are. 

DU is well worth having around just for this function 
alone. It's still the best disc editor for getting into a really 
troublesome disc. However, because of the inability to edit 
the command line, it's unlikely nowadays that it could ever 
be considered the disc editor of choice though it does offer 
special features. 



PLUSES 

' Best disc-editor for getting into a difficult disc 

The only disc-editor which can make up a 'map' of a disc 
Can build a file in the memory 
Accepts multiple commands 
Has Print function 

MINUSES 

Cumbersome command-line operation, and worse still... 

The command line can't be edited, so on occasion a single 

mistake could lose you hours of work 

No copier 

Can't flow a file sequentially 

Hex display is a solid block of numbers hard to work with 

No on-screen menus 
' Documentation apparently intended to defeat all but the most 

determined 
' Find a string function is unbelievably slow 



RANGE OF FEATURES 3/5 EASE OF USE 1/1 

PERFORMANCE 2/5 DOCUMENTATION 1/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 7/20 



SUPERZAP 

Public Domain program • various suppliers • included on 
discs costing £5 or £6 

This fairly mature program could be considered the ideal beginners' disc editor if only 
it had a more friendly and elementary manual. Even so, if what you want is an easy- 
to-use, no-nonsense investigative program, this is clearly it. 

Throughout its operation, SUPERZAP requires only the simplest one-key 
commands, except where you need to have a warning with which to concentrate all 
your attention (as when writing your changes to disc) and then sensibly it calls for 
two keys. Adequate menus appear as part of the display at all times, and only 
occasional reference to the documentation is required. 

SUPERZAP scores heavily over all other disc editors in being able to follow a 
machine-code file sequentially with full reference to the addresses at which it would 



It Next sector 
P Previous sector 
C Chame Sector 
« Fine- ASCII Strim 
Scratchpad :- Ewtj 



SUPERZAP VERSION 3.7 

T lop of file 

E Last sector of file 

S Select Sector 

H Find Hex Strinq 



Z Exit fro* Supertap 
L Exit to file list 
X Scratchpad operations 



Select function •"> 



File-Naite 

aiSUPEKZAP.COH 



Access 



Current-Sector 
9996 



Load Address 



mm 
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999430 

W449 
♦OMS9 
♦99460 
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CD a 24 21 
3A 99 92 FE 
95 M C9 43 
75 6E 63 74 
45 tl 74 (5 
99 97 99 9B 
20 MM 3S 
NUUN 



•5 CD 5A 25 
46 29 93 C3 
4F 4D 99 9A 
69 6F 6E 29 
72 29 49 65 
3S 46 69 6C 
4C SF 61 64 
4E 29 29 4E 



18 EA 11 99 
B3 93 9E 19 
53 65 6C 65 
31 3D 3D 3E 
71 29 53 65 
65 29 4F 66 
29 41 64 64 
65 78 74 29 



96 CD ■ 24 

11 SC 99 CD 

(3 74 29 46 

29 99 91 24 

63 74 (F 72 

66 73 65 74 

72 65 73 73 

73 65 (3 74 



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I ..SLoad Addressl 
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be loaded in the TPA (Transient Program Area) - indeed, 
unique among disc editors it modifies its display for .COM 
files to allow for the standard 100-hex origin. Its feel is very 
professional. 

SUPERZAP's 'Find a string' function is the fastest of any 
disc editor, though it operates only within a file. 

Finally, for what it's worth, SUPERZAP is the only disc 
editor which allows you to examine the structure and 
contents of the M: drive. Contrary to expectation, when you 
use [SHIFT] +[EXTRA]+[EXIT] to reset your PCW without 
switching off, the files in memory are not completely lost! 



SUPERZAP 



PLUSES 

', Outstandingly easy to use 

Menu-driven: mainly simple one key commands 
Can follow files sequentially. Brill for .COM files 
Fast Find function 

Reverse-video identifies Read-Only, System and Archive files 
. The best layout of any disc editor's hex display 

MINUSES 

No copier 

No Print function - even the standard CP/m command 

'[EXTRA]+P' is disabled 

Numbers can only be entered in hex 

Find only works within files 

Not the best for getting into a troublesome disc 



RANGE OF FEATURES 2/5 EASE OF USE 5/5 

PERFORMANCE 4/5 DOCUMENTATION 2/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 13/20 



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KNIFE PLUS 

£19.95 • HiSoft • (0525) 718181 • All PCWs 

KNIFE PLUS is also a mature program, but its also the first in our comparison to 
incorporate a copier which can reproduce a damaged disc regardless of errors. The 
copier operates somewhat deliberately but with minimal fuss. The details of faulty 
sectors are reported on screen and remain there, so you can usefully screen-dump 
the lot, by pressing [EXTRA]+[PTR], when the copy is complete. The destination disc 
doesn't have to be formatted in advance. 

• You can re-build a file in memory by scavenging the disc and picking up isolated 
blocks or sectors at will. KNIFE PLUS will also replace a damaged disc boot sector, 
though in truth this is a bit of a non-problem. 



CP/M Plus Knife Plus Disc Sector Editor V3.43 (C) HiSo 
Drive: A Track: 81 Sector: 81 Block: MM F 

MM » S3 S5 S» 45 52 5A 41 M 43 41 41 M M M 56 
Ml* & IC 11 37 31 4C 41 4E 4F 7F M M M M M M 
M2« M4C4F4F4B41S4282t43 4F4DMMMt8 
M3« AEMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM 
M4« MS44F4F4C4B49 542«43 4F41MMMM 
MS* M «C ♦! § *F 1* 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1A IE 
M6* MS44F4F4C48 49S4M43 4F4D41MMW 
M7* IF 2* 21 34 35 36 43 S8 59 i 51 SC 51 5E 51 6* 
M8» M 4A 31 34 43 5* 41 33 2* 45 41 S3 M M M 8* 
M9» *8 «3 (4 »5 *6 *7 *9 *A 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 23 
MA* M 4A 31 34 43 5* 41 33 2* 45 41 53 tl M M 8* 
MB* 2A 2B 2C 21 21 2F 3* 31 32 33 3A X 31 3E 31 4* 
MC« MS44F4F4C4B49S42«43 4F4D*2MM8t 
MD» 78 84 8S 86 87 81 34 95 96 97 98 99 9A 9E Sf 
ME* M 44 49 S3 41 45 44 43 54 43 41 41 M M M 8* 
MP* 3B 51 52 S3 54 SS 56 57 tl 62 63 64 tS 66 (7 68 


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The displays in KNIFE PLUS are nowhere accompanied 
by on-screen help. Most of the commands require two keys, 
which might not sound too serious at first but eventually 
becomes a pain. The program has a moderately fast 'Find' 
feature. The KNIFE PLUS manual is handsome indeed, it 
offers an admirable overview of the program's features and 
data-recovery procedures on several levels of experience. 
The only problem is that there's not very much of it, and the 
difficulties of some quite ordinary file-rescue problems are 
breezily glossed over. 

The main KNIFE PLUS programs are supported by a 
group of file-handling utilities of which the most interesting 
are UNERA.COM (an unerase utility) and WP.COM, a very 
neat file-copying program. 



KNIFE PLUS 



PLUSES 

* Good copier, by a small margin possibly the handiest there is 

Can re-build a file in memory 

Can follow a file sequentially 

Can replace a damaged disc boot 

Accepts number entries in either decimal or hex 

MINUSES 

No print function 

No on-screen help 

Commands mostly require two keys 

Log-in and exit sequences not well thought-out 



RANGE OF FEATURES 3/5 EASE OF USE 2/5 

PERFORMANCE 3/5 DOCUMENTATION 3/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 11/20 



PCW TOOLKIT 

£24.95 • Moonstone Computing • (041) 941 3120 • All PCWs 

PCW TOOLKIT is an ambitious production, and clearly no effort has been spared to 
make it fulfil every perceived need in data recovery. The 70-page manual alone is a 
veritable monograph on the subject. TOOLKIT incorporates the by now obligatory disc- 
copier which pauses at every error to offer the option to flag it for subsequent attention. 

The on-screen menus are about as good as they could be, and single-key 
commands are the rule. This is one of those rare programs which make full and 
effective use of the PCWs keyboard. All numbers can be entered in either decimal or 
hex, and both are displayed immediately. All the editing commands are well chosen, 
and the PASTE, COPY, CUT and FILL options are particularly impressive. If required, 



FCH-roolKit Disc utii 



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Block " *M2 ; 



M 41 
4C 4F 

MM 

. S4 4F 

1M K 

S4 4F 

M 2t 

4A 31 

8 M t9 

! 4A 31 

AM 28 

" S4 4F 

78 M 84 

! 44 49 

IH SI 



mmmm F mmflFmm*, 



M4E M 

4F48 41 

MM M 

4f 4C 4B 

M tl M 

4F 4C 4B 

M 21 M 

34 43 St 
M MM 

34 43 5* 

M K M 

4F 4C 4B 

M 85 M 

S3 4B 4S 

» 52 M 



4F M 7F M 
54 i» 24 43 
MMMM 
49 54 2t 43 
K M tF M 
49 54 24 43 
34 M 35 M 
41 33 2t 45 
tl M tCM 
41 33 2t 45 
21 M 2EM 
49 54 2t 43 
86 M 87 M 
44 49 54 43 
S3 M 54 M 



MM 
4F 4D 
MM 
4F 41 

14 M 
4F 41 
36 M 
41 53 
MM 
41 S3 
2FM 
4F4D 
81 M 
4F 40 
55 M 



81 M 88 M 
MMMM 
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11 M 13 M 
tl M M 8t 
43 M 58 M 
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TOOLKIT will build you a complete new file from blocks, 
sectors or smaller fragments scavenged from anywhere on 
the disc. 

It's astonishing that there is no facility for printing out 
data except by screen dump. The TOOLKIT manual, 
though, is a delight, and almost an object-lesson in how it 
should be done. Clear thinking in presentation is much in 
evidence, and there are masses of illustrations. 

At the time of writing a substantially improved version of 
PCW TOOLKIT was being finalised, and should now be 
widely available. The price remains the same. To upgrade 
your existing copy, send your original master disc plus £10. 



PCW TOOLKIT 



PLUSES 

'. Good copier 

Well-designed display and menus 

Single-key commands 
, Can re-build a file in memory 

Accepts numbers in decimal or hex 

Very thorough and well-designed manual 

MINUSES 

No Print function 

Can't follow a file sequentially 

No Find feature 

No reverse-video to identify Read-Only, System and 

Archive files 



RANGE OF FEATURES 4/5 EASE OF USE 3/_ 

PERFORMANCE 4/5 DOCUMENTATION 5/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 16/20 



12 8000 PLUS January 90 



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FEATURE 



discEDIT 

£7.95 • Donald Mcintosh (47 Almondell Terrace, East Calder, 
Livingston, West Lothian EH53 OEZ) • All PCWs 

discEDIT is member of the new generation of disc editors, and the new approach is 
much in evidence. However, it is not one of those programs which goes out of its 
way to welcome beginners. discEDIT's copier function constructs an error-log of the 
faulty disc as it copies. 

discEDIT has quite a good on-screen menu, and additional information about 
the commands can be called up if required. About half of the commands require 
only one key, and are mildy memorable or intuitive. The number entries are a bit of 
a mess. Some are required in decimal and appear in hex; others have to be hex. 



If W ff 

rr rr n 
n fr ff 

B FF FF 

rr ff ff 

h Ff ff 

FF Fr FF 

W »♦ 38 
31 M FF 
W W 86 
96 W 7E 



FFFF 

Ff FF 
Ff FF 

FF FF 
FF FF 
FF Fr 
rr FT 
»S 02 

3E rr 

M CD 

B7 38 



ff ft rr 
rr ftff 
ft ft rr 
ff rr rr 
ff ft rr 

Fr FFFF 

rr ft Fr 

♦1 03 03 
32 M f 8 
BE F0 10 
1» ES 6F 



ff rr 
ft rr 
ft rr 

FF FT 
FF FF 
FF FF 

FT FF 
2A 52 
CD B4 
FB C» 
26 00 



ff rr ft 

ft rr ft 

ft rr ft 

ft rr ft 

FF FF FF 

rr rr ft 

ft rr ft 

00 00 00 

ro 2i 00 

57 r0 C2 
29 C» 8E 



rr ft ft 

rr ft Fr 

rr ff rr 

rr rr rr 

rr rr ft 

ft ft rr 

rr ft rr 

00 00 04 

00 E5 11 

23 Fl Dl 

F0 CD 81 




track : 5 Sector : Paqt : Block I 0012 

Cursor Keqs : Move Cursor c : 

atl'-S : Scratchpad Facilities s/S 

Alt -B : Shot) Free Disc Space t/I 

BLf D : Duplicate/Check Disc n : 

M.I-0 : One's Coup lenient f : 

t : Print Sector I : 

C : Clock OH/OFF X : 



Chanqe (Edit) Mode 
: romrd/Back Sector 
: Fomard/Back Track 
Next ErrorCALT-H RESET) 
riip Page Displayed 
Display Instructions 
Extra Info OH/OFT 



KW8256 foriwt 



To«le HEX/ASCII 
Disc Search 
Goto Track/Sector 
Goto Block 
Write Sector to Disc 
Utilities Section 
QUIT 



Here's a nice little exercise for discEDIT. Copy DISCKIT an A: disc. Get discedit running and Press G then '0008' 
then [RETURN] then Y to display the start of the last block ot this copy of DISCKIT. In the lower part of the hex window 
you should see this line of bytes: 00 00 28 09 02 01 03 02 ... Change the second 02 to 03. Now type W to write the 
change to disc. You now have a version of DISCKIT which formats discs with 96 directory entries instead of 64! 



Editing at byte level with discEDIT is awkward. You have 
to leave the Edit mode before you can swap between the 
Hex and Ascii fields. 

discEDIT is strong on peripheral features. There's a 
clock, octal numbering, an inverted-data option, a 'show free 
space' option, and a quiverful of disc-handling functions 
emulating the standard CP/M commands like DIR, REN and 
TYPE. Together with a couple of formatting utilities for 
variations of the normal PCW format. discEDIT's 35-page 
manual is on disc and has to be printed out before you can 
make effective use of it. Despite the long section supposedly 
aimed at beginners, it is strictly a buffs' broadsheet. 



DISC EDIT 



PLUSES 

'. Good copier 

Writes logs of disc errors, and can be guided by these logs 
, Can print out the current sector 
, Sophisticated Find function 

Reverse-video identifies Read Only, System and Archive files 
, 'Inverted Data' option 
, Group of supporting functions and utilities 

MINUSES 

' Awkward Edit function 

You can't easily quit an operation once begun 
Unable to follow a file sequentially 
No 're-build file' function 
No line numbers in display 



RANGE OF FEATURES 3/5 EASE OF USE 2/5 

PERFORMANCE 3/5 DOCUMENTATION 2/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 10/20 



Hexagony 

Binary Code is the native language of computers, but not 
since the early days of computing has it been used directly 
to write programs in. The reason for this is that it is quite 
horrendously difficult to work with, and mistakes at every level 
from the trivial to the colossal are unavoidable. For example, a 
number like 10010101101011101 is prone to typing errors. 

Hexadecimal numbers have now become universal as a kind 
of halfway house between binary code and decimal numbers. 
Using Hex, as it is affectionately known, we can easily handle 
any binary number. And at the same time, with somewhat greater 
difficulty we can convert Hex numbers to and from Decimal. Hex 
numbers run in sixteens, like so: 

Hex: 0123456789 A B C D E F 10 1112 
Normal: 01 234567891011 1213141516 1718 

10' in Hex is actually 16 in decimal; '20' is 32; '30' is 48. The 
strange combination of letters and numbers which you might 
have seen are nunbers too; for example 27 in decimal is 1B in 
hex while 43 is 2B and so on. 

The other major reason for using hex numbers so freely in 
computers is their compactness. The largest 2-digit hex number 
is 'FF', which is two hundred and fifty-five. 

BASIC.COM, which is on your system discs somewhere, 
offers automatic conversion between hex and decimal (i.e. 
normal) numbers. To find the decimal equivalent of '9E' 
hex, type: 
PRINT &h9e 

The response is: 158. To find the hex for '232', type: 
PRINT hex$(232) 
The response will be: E8. 



The good surgeon's 
toolguide 

File rescue is far from being the monopoly of the big guns of disc-editing. Most people in data 
recovery also keep handy a small group of auxiliary utilities to deal with specific tasks. Many of 
these programs are in the public domain. 

The best known must be UNERA.COM, which as its name suggests, can unerase a file which 
you have accidentally deleted. In ideal circumstances it works like magic - but for success you 
must have written nothing to the disc in the meantime, and there must be no other erased file 
with the same name on the disc or total confusion will ensue. 

Another useful program is DIRCHK.COM which maps a disc in a different way than DU does. 
DIRCHK can cope with Xformat discs (DU can't) but it only works with one user/group at a time 
(DU maps all user groups). 

LOOKAT.COM can display and print out a file in Ascii - ideal for speedily chasing up all those 
text messages in .COM files. LOOK.COM is a file-editor operating at the byte level rather like 
CP/M's SID.COM. COMPARE.COM will compare two copies of a file, byte-against-byte, and list 
any differences between them on screen or in a separate file. Very nice. 

D.COM is a directory utility like CP/M's DIR.COM but only 1 15th of the size. It displays the 
sizes of the files on a disc, the free space available, and marks Read-Only files with a star. At 1K 
it is small enough to include on all your data discs. RIP.COM is a pleasant little program for 
copying files from disc to disc. If there already is a file of the same name, the resident file is 
renamed (filename).BAK, which is handy. 

NEWSWEEP.COM, the leading file-management utility, needs no introduction. Not all that 
helpful with an unexpanded 8256 (too much disc-swapping), but absolutely indispensable with 
an 8512 or an upgraded machine. FILECHOP.COM is handy for dividing up long files; while 
MERGE.COM does exactly the opposite - it joins files together. (PIP.COM can already do both 
jobs perfectly well, though) Either way you are probably going to need a look with a disc-editor 
beforehand. The best known collection of auxiliary data-recovery programs is 'COMPLEAT 
UTILITIES' from Advantage, 64 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7HJ (0242 224 340). It contains 
nearly all of the utilities mentioned above, plus SUPERZAP and many others. All the other 
Public Domain suppliers offer similar collections. 



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HE QUIET HERO 

Steve Patient meets SID, a utility whose small name belies its power 



Many regular readers of 8000 Plus will be familiar with 
SID.COM as the utility often used in Tipoffs to 
change one or two bytes in an existing program. 
That's one function from SID's extensive armoury of 
abilities. SID is an acronym for Symbolic Instruction 
Debugger. It is designed to monitor the actions of another 
program. This enables the user to discover why that program 
is doing what it's doing. 

SID loads a program and runs it under software control. 
It can arrange for the program to be executed one instruction 
at a time, several instructions at a time or can even let it run 
until it reaches a pre-arranged marker or Breakpoint. 

SID allows you to set Breakpoints at any location. The 
test program will stop when it encounters one. It then hands 
control back to SID which then can check various values 
such as the Z80 registers, counters or address pointers. 
Values held in memory locations can be examined to see if 
they fit expectations. 

The best way to get a feel for SID is to try using some of 
the commands described in this article. You'll be surprised at 
how much control it can give you over your programs. 

Command structure 

SID has a number of options, most of which are simple to 
use. A few of these are explained below. You can't do any 
permanent damage as long as you only ever use copies of 
the programs you are going to SID around with. 

A - Assemble 

Begin assembly at hex address following A. For example, 
A100 , and finish when a [RETURN] is entered on its own. 
Remember to finish routines with an RST 06 command to 
return you to SID, like so: 

A100 
0100MVAA,#50 

0102 DCR, A 

0103 JNZ 0100 
0106 RST 06 
[RETURN] 

This is all assembled as you go and when run using SID it 
will return control to SID on completion. 

C-Call 

This calls an existing subroutine at an absolute address - for 
example at C2FE0 - but you have to know what you're 
about. It can be a fast way to crash the machine. 

D - Display 

Usually called Dump; it displays memory in various ways. 
The default is to display the address, then 16 bytes of 
memory followed by the same values in the form of Ascii 
characters where possible (a full stop otherwise). If no 
address is specified then the display is from the last memory 
position displayed. If no second address is given then 12 
lines are displayed. 

D01 00,01 50 Display from 01 00 hex to 01 50 hex 
D#256,#336 The same addresses in decimal 
D.LOOP3 Display 12 lines from symbolic 

address LOOP3 

There is also a word display format: DWnnnn.mmmm that 
reverses each pair of bytes displayed. This is useful for 
looking at tables of addresses (which are stored in low byte, 
high byte order internally). 



Load a register with decimal #50 
Decrement A 

Jump if not zero to 0100 hex 
Return to SID 



«>sid 

CP/M 3 SID - Version 3.0 

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9100 nvi a, 94 

3102 rrc 

3103 rrc 

9104 rrc 

9105 rrc 

9106 oni OP 

9108 nov e.o 

9109 rst 06 
HOfl 

U0 100 
0100 MVI fl,94 

0102 RRC 

0103 RRC 

0104 RRC 

0105 RRC 

0106 RNI OF 

0108 M0U E.R 

0109 RST 06 
OlOfl NOP 
©10B NOP 
010C NOP 



1 Using SID to assemble a simple subroutine. The routine will shift the bits in a byte 
four times to the right. This creates a byte with the value ot the high nybbie. 



Sxp 

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H=94 B=0000 D=0000 H=0000 S=0100 P=0102 RRC 

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—EI A=09 B=0000 D=0000 H=0000 S=0100 P=0108 MOV E,fl 
«0109 
It 

—EI A=09 B=0000 0=0009 H=0000 S=0100 P=0109 RST 06 
W109 



2 Single stepping through the routine to check that it is behaving as it should. 
Note the values changing in reg A. 



nsoioi 

9101 94 85 

9102 OF . 
It 10100 

0100 MUI A, 85 

0102 RRC 

0103 RRC 

0104 RRC 

0105 RRC 

0106 UNI OF 

0108 MOV E.fl 

0109 RST 06 
010R NOP 
010B NOP 
010C NOP 



3 Using the Set command to alter the initial value to be shifted. The dis-assemble 

(List) command shows the altered version of the subroutine. Note the use of RST 06 

to ensure that control returns to SID if the routine is run un-monitored. 



F- Fill 

This fills memory with a particular byte value and is useful for 
clearing an area up before having a program use it. The 
command is Fssss,ffff,v; where ssss is the starting byte, ffff 
the finishing address and v is the value to fill memory. Try not 
to overwrite SID or your practice program; it can be very 
embarrassing. 

G-Go 

The G command lets the test program run on its own 



> 



Poison pen 

Before the friendly SID arrived 
on the scene, back in the early 
days of CP/M computing, a far 
less friendly debugger was 
used. 

This had the acronym 
DDT which stood for Dynamic 
Debugging Tool. In terms of 
today's dynamism DDT rates 
against SID in the same way 
that Sir John Gielgud 
compares to Daley Thompson 
in terms of pole vaulting 
prowess. 



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Symbolically 
speaking 

Programs assembled with 
MAC.COM produce symbol 
tables. These are simply a 
name up to 1 5 characters 
long followed by an address. 
You can load one into an 
editor or word processor to 
look at or simply type it to 
the screen They can make 
debugging much easier 
since they allow you to refer 
to your sub-routines by their 
original names while using 
SID. This is far easier than 
trying to remember a lot of 
hex addresses All 
assembler and debugger 
packages make use of 
symbol tables, not just SID. 



until it hits a breakpoint or an RST 06. If neither of these 
happen then it's likely to crash or return to CP/M. The main 
forms of the command are as below. 

G - Go from current program counter position (pep) 
Gp - Go after setting new pep for the program under test 
G,b - Go after setting a breakpoint at address b 
Gp,b - Set pep and a breakpoint then Go 
G,b,b - Set two breakpoints 
Gp,b,b - Set pep and two breakpoints. 
SID clears these breakpoints on regaining control. But you 
must set them unless you're certain your program will reach an 
RST 06. 

H-Hex 

This is a kind of calculator.Give it two hexadecimal numbers 
and it returns the sum and difference. Give it just one and it 
converts it into decimal and Ascii (and the symbol that number 
represents if there is one). 

I - Input 

This simulates a CCP command by allowing you to initialise the 
File Control Block (FCB) at 5CH . 

L - List 

This takes code in memory and displays it as 8080 mnemonics. 
The three forms are: 

L - list from current pep for twelve lines. 

Lssss - list from address ssss for twelve lines. 

Lssss.ssss - list from first address to second address. 
SID can't tell whether it's dis-assembling code or data. It's up to 
you to ensure that you start dis-assembly on an operand or that 
what you are dis-assembling makes sense. You can use List 
with symbols if you have a symbol table for the program under 
examination. 

M - Move memory 

This copies one area of memory to another location leaving the 
original unchanged. M needs three addresses: 
Mssss,eeee,mmmm 



Where SID lives 

SID is loaded by CP/M at address 0100M. It then checks for the top of available 
memory and relocates itself there overwriting the CCP. It then adjusts the pointers 
to the top of memory so that the program under test won't overwrite it. It loads any 
options specified in the command tail (the parameters you gave it when invoking 
SID). If you just type SID then it just waits for instructions. If you specify a file it 
loads it at 0100H and waits. If you specify a file and a symbol table it loads the 
symbol table into high memory and loads the program at 0100H. These three 
possibilities leave memory looking like this: 




bios_ 

BDOS 



SID 



TPA 



JMPBDOS 

The normalssate of 
memory with the 
BDOS JMP vector 
at 0001 untouched 



PROGRAM 
JUMP SID 



BIOS 
BDOS 



SID 



SYMBOLS 



TPA 



PROGRAM 



JUMP SYMBOLS 



SID loads over the CCP 
and often the BDOS jump 
vector to point to itself. 
Another jump inside SID 
redirects it to the BDOS 



SID with a program 

loaded ready for 

debugging 



SID with a program 

and the relevant 

symbol table loaded 

for debugging 



ssss is the start address of the area to move, eeee the end 
address and mmmm is the start of the area to move to. You 
may have problems if the areas overlap. 

P - Pass count 

This is like a breakpoint but isn't cleared when it's reached. 
Each time SID hits the Pass Point, execution of the program 
stops so that you can see what's happening. You can add a 
count so that SID stops after a stipulated number of times 
past the pass point. The syntax is as follows: 

Pssss - Set a pass point at location ssss, defaults to one 
pass. 

Pssss,n - Set a pass point and stop every n times past it. 

R - Read 

Causes SID to load a file - of any kind - into the TPA 
(Transient Program Area). If it's preceded by an I 
command then everything will be initialised correctly (as if it 
had been loaded by the CCP). 

R will read in Hex files and correctly convert them to 
machine code at their proper ORG address. This makes it 
possible to write a program in parts and then use SID to 
build a memory image of them. This image can be saved 
again as a complete working program using W(rite). 

S - Set Memory 

This shows the value of a byte at any location and allows 
you to set that value to another. You can also enter long 
strings of Ascii values in one go. After each alteration, SID 
increments the memory address and waits for another 
value. If you hit [RETURN] the value remains unchanged. 
To enter Ascii characters begin the substitution with a 
speech mark (") and type in the list. When it's complete, 
press [RETURN], To finish, type a fullstop and [RETURN]. 
The syntax is: 
Sssss - Address to begin altering bytes. 

T- Trace 

Follows a program by single or multiple stepping through it 
while watching what's happening inside the Z80 registers. 
After each operand has been executed the state of all 
registers is displayed, as is the operand and other pieces of 
information which might prove useful. 

T - Perform single step from current program counter 

position. 
Tn - Perform n steps from current program counter 
position. 

U - Untrace 

The same as trace except that there is no display of the 
registers. It is fully monitored by SID and pressing any key 
halts it. The memory location reached is displayed when the 
break occurs. 

W - Write 

This writes the file in memory back to disc. You can use it to 

save any area of memory to a file for later use. Use W as 

follows: 

Wtestfile - Write TESTFILE to default disc using the same 

memory values displayed when loading. 

Wtestfile 0000.FFFF - Save the whole of memory to a file. 

X - Examine 

This displays the current state of the Z80 registers and 

allows you to alter any of them. You can also check the 

state of the flags which are displayed as: CZMEI for C(arry), 

Z(ero), M(inus), E(ven parity), \(nterdigit carry) respectively. 

If these flags are true then the letter appears in the position 

indicated; if false then a '-' appears. To see a flag's value 

type Xf , where f is the flag .You can alter it with a 1 (true) or 

a O(false). X is used as follows: 

X - Look at everything 

Xf - Look at (and alter) the state of a flag 

Xr - look at (and alter) the state of a register ■ 



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PLAYTIME 

The idea of four games on one disc sounds like 
good news. Tim Smith puts on helmet and 
visor and sees what cards fate has dealt. 



PCW CHALLENGE 

£14.99 • Artronics • 0423 525325 

PCW Challenge is a compilation of four games; a racing simulation, a helicopter attack 
piece, a turgid strip poker endeavour and a flight combat program. 

The final game from that list goes by the name of ACE. Not merely a shoot 'em up, 
you play the only pilot from a crack AWAT (All Weather, All Terrain) combat team who 
is available to defeat a vast enemy attack force. The first thing you have to do is take 
off - not as easy as it sounds. You must get the velocity and altitude right - and don't 
forget to pull the undercarriage up. The game can be played with keyboard and/or 
joystick but playing without the latter is laboured due to the fact that the software 
refuses to communicate with the keyboard at any noticeable speed. Still, once you're 
in the air this rarely matters because you seem to get blown right back out of it within 
a matter of seconds. 

This is where Level 1 - Training - comes in very handy. During training, no one 
shoots at you. You, however, can fire at whatever crosses your path, get to grips with 
mid-air refuelling and attempt a landing or two. Including training, there are nine 'skill' 
levels, although none of them appear to differ that much in terms of terrain. ACE is the 
only game to come with on-screen scoring and high score table. It will probably keep 
you amused for a few hours. 

Formulaic one 

This racing simulation sees you spidering around tracks ranging from Silverstone to 
Jerez - most of which look uncannily similar. It is all done on never-ending hills and 
you have the object of day or night driving. The object of the game seems to be to 
keep going until your fuel runs out as there are no such things as pit stops. You 
achieve this feat using the left and right cursor keys to change gear (there are six). 
Once in the correct gear, the same keys are used to steer. Be warned, the other 
drivers are pyschotics who would rather crash into you than see you triumph (or 
Maclaren for that matter). 

Having played this on three of the office machines, it appears that the PCW 
keyboard just isn't scanned often enough by the software and this makes the play 
sluggish. This is a criticism of all four games. 

If you can get up into fourth gear, you will begin to speed around the circuits. Using 
third gear as a brake should keep the other vehicles at chassis length. The game falls 
down on three major points. Firstly, there is no score or high-score table. In effect you 
are racing against your fuel. Secondly, the scrolling is abysmally jumpy. Thirdly, you 
find yourself reliving the same piece of track, time and time again. All in all, the game 
has the feeling of a BASIC listing with a few mildly interesting graphics. 

Joker in the flak 

The other two games in the package are Strip Poker and Skywar. The former is 
introduced as "...a card game for connoisseurs of all ages". Obviously they don't mean 
all sexes. We can only hope that Artronic do not seriously mean that this game is 
suitable for children. 

Even the most perverse adult would be disappointed as the wildest the game gets 
are the jokers. A choice of two atrociously hand drawn nymphettes lie pouting in what 
looks like a prison cell. As the blurb says, 'Samantha and Sabrina are waiting to show 
you what they've got; and I don't mean their cards!". Nor for that matter does he mean 
their card-playing skills. 

The game is slow and the betting bears no resemblance to real poker. On the up- 
side, pressing [f3] disables the bleep. We discovered this purely by accident when 
bashing the hell out of the keyboard in an attempt to shut the machine up. The manual 
does not provide this information. Not only does this game lack skill or thrills it is also a 
cynical, deeply sexist attempt to push a hackneyed poker algorithm. 

As for Skywar, the helicopter simulation, you have a two player option and sound. 
Well, ' bleep-bleep' is the report of your fiersome artillery. There is no score given. You 
move from left to right using the cursor keys, the space bar fires and that's that. A hit 
might destroy an enemy, it might not. ■ 




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Formula 1 might hold the imagination of an 
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in sound and graphics. Keyboard response is 
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STREAMLINE OF 
CONSCIOUSNESS 

Streamlined BASIC by Geoffrey Childs is a book and disc 
which seeks to help the PCW user get more from Mallard. 

Tim Smith looks into it. 



Use Cursor keys to select file and then keys fi 1 
fl-Exit and Run menu . f3-Give details of file. 



CATA 

DM139 

DWBAS 

LOADER 

MALLARD . 

PROFILE . 

README 

REMARKS . 

DWTEST 

BAS2 

CLS 

PLO 

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FORMHEAD. 



The opening screen does its stuff. It also shows a few additional files created using the programs supplied on the disc. 



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Included 


among the files on the accompanying 


disc is this disc editor. It allows you to both examine and modify files on 


disc from a very complex level 


As with all such tools, it should be treated with respect. 


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Another of the Streamlined disc files is this menu sub-routine. Not only will it allow you to study some 
clean programming techniques, it can also be incorporated into your own programs. 



X 



STREAMLINED BASIC 

£18.95 (book and disc) • PCW-World • 
0384 662269 

Geoffrey Childs is known and respected as the programmer 
of Lightning BASIC. His latest venture is Streamlined BASIC 
a package comprising a 112 page guide and A drive disc 
packed with some 54 files. Some of these files act as object 
lessons in programming, both good and bad, and also as 
extensions to Mallard BASIC. 

Streamlined BASIC is not aimed at the complete novice 
to BASIC programming. However, its sphere of interest takes 
in those PCW owners who have just started to dabble in the 
language as well as those of you who feel that you are 
already accomplished technicians. This said, it might not be 
a bad idea for the truly adventurous beginner to give the 
package a look over. What you get is a highly individual 
overview of programming technique, a number of useful tips 
and shortcuts and some very handy small programs to 
complement your own work. 

Styled high 

Streamlined BASIC is published by one of the newer PCW 
user clubs - PCW World. The manual is a laser printed tome 
which sadly lacks a thorough index. To give you an idea of 
the approach taken by the author, chapter headings such as 
'Input Techniques' go shoulder to shoulder with 'It Pays to 
Increase Your Word Power'. Generally the style is a mixture 
of professionally termed advice, debate and a quirky sense .- 
of humour. It definitely does not feel like the classic 'manual' 
or tutorial. What is does feel like is the work of a writer 
enamoured with his subject and eager to show like-minded 
souls just how much they can get from their PCW. 

Unlike any other book of its kind on the market, great use 
is made of the first person singular. Opinion is used as 
opposed to gospel truth. Using this style programming begins 
to look more like the enjoyable art it could be and rather less 
like a system whose rules are carved in stone. For the newer 
user this will hopefully garner enthusiasm. For the more 
experienced types it will probably engender some heated 
argument. 

Stepping stone 

The book is split into three sections. These can be viewed 
roughly as follows. Section 1 : a short, friendly introduction 
which includes explanations of existing (and neglected) 
BASIC commands and routines. Section 2: an examination of 
the workings and design of memory; included here are 
graphics, sound and method of writing .COM files from 
BASIC. Section 3 contains the appendices of which there are 
ten. These encompass areas of knowledge and programs 
which were either too big to be afforded a full explanation 
had they been included in one of the chapters or are 
additions to what came before. 

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About the Disc 



Geoffrey T Childs. the man who 
Streamlined BASIC. 



Streamlined BASIC - the 
book - Is accompanied by an 
A drive disc which contains 
54 files. These are meant not 
only to be illustrative but also 
to be examined, modified and 
possibly improved upon. 
With this in mind, the first 
thing you will need to do is 
make at least one back-up 
copy of the disc. 
The main group of files are 
related to specific chapters of the book and are referenced like this; 
C3P2.BAS, (Chapter 3, Program 2). These can be accessed straight 
from BASIC in the normal way or by making use of the 
PROFILE.SUB which accompanies the disc. This SUBMIT file 
presents you with an on-screen index of the available files running 
from a program called CATA.BAS. You can examine each one in a 
similar way to LocoScript's Inspect File option. You can run 
programs directly, run them and list them or simply list them. 
Obviously this will index on any disc and can be used as a file 



get wrong, the various listings which act as the only 
illustration. The first section contains a list of questions 
aimed at making you think about the subject at hand rather 
than accepting that the author is directly linked to the facts. 
For the most part these questions (all of which are rhetorical) 
are addressed to the more experienced user - someone who 
has written at least two programs. Questions such as "Do 
you religiously, occasionally or never put in REMs?" and "Do 
you think that JETSAM is the best thing about Mallard, could 
be used on occasions, or is too complex to try to 
understand?" are thrown at you. The idea here is a sound 
one; the reader and potential programmer are encouraged to 
join in rather than being lectured. More Mr Chips than Mr 
Gragrind. 

Following this, and an all too brief section on Planning, 
we are confronted with Everyday Problems in Chapter 2. This 
is rather like being caught in the blast of a scatter gun. 
Subsections on creating clear screen routines rub shoulders 
with an informative explanation as to why you only have 31k 
free to work with in BASIC. Wedged between these is a piece 
about randomising the PCW's internal clock. Each of these 
sections include a few sample pokes and are tenuously 
linked by the fact that they all relate to BASIC. In fact, the 
connections throughout the book appear arbitrary at best. 

However, if you are prepared to be assaulted with ideas 
and experience then this eccentric layout is bearable. Luckily 
nearly every page contains some useful piece of information; 
a routine to save an entire screen to memory or disc and 
then to recall it and a method of slowing the rate at which 
your PCW scans the keyboard are just two examples. 

Addressed sense 

One of the most useful sections appears in Chapter 14 and 
is entitled 'Useful Addresses (and probably one or two 
useless ones as well!!)'. This informs you as to the location 
of several handy functions which can be peeked at and 
poked into life. For example the address of a strange 
message, something to do with Acorn Computers to be 
exact, which hides in memory. Other addresses are of a 
more practical nature and cannot, to our knowledge, be 
found in any other publication. At least not in this kind of user 
friendly form. 

Streamlined assumes no knowledge of machine code or 
real low level (complicated) programming. Or at least that's 
what it says in the introduction. This claim should be taken 
with a pinch of salt. When an address is explained as 
65413/4 [65492/3] is start of XDPB for A, 65381 [65331] 
for B general feeling must be that some fairly deep 
knowledge is assumed. By the way the figures within the [ ] 



organisation system. The really handy aspect of it is that you can 
write small descriptions of each file which can be updated and 
viewed. 

Aside from those programs already mentioned, you also have 
access to a program called DWBAS.BAS for the 8000 series or 
DW139.BAS for the 9512. This is a version of Mallard BASIC with a 
few extensions. For example, there is a built-in clear screen 
command, a windowing command and the ability to alter the printer 
output from NLQ (near letter quality) to draft from within a program. 

You are required to use DWBAS in order that the longer 
programs in the appendices can be run. However, this is no hardship 
and you may even find yourself using DWBAS as the standard BASIC 
for your machine. The mere ability to clear a screen with two 
keypresses makes BASIC programming a great deal easier. 

To detail each of the programs would be a real pleasure. Many of 
them, such as the disc editor or the formatting program which runs 
faster than Disckit (and checks to see whether the disc has already 
been formatted) cast a whole new light on the possibilities of Mallard. 
Unfortunately there just isn't enough space. The only shame is that 
the final listings which draws a picture of the train after which Mallard 
basic was named, does not appear to want to work. 



refer to the addresses as they appear in BASIC V1 .39 which 
applies to the PCW9512. Where possible throughout the 
book any differences between the 8000 series and 9512 
machines are highlighted. 

Coming to take you away 

One section of the book which can be found scattered about 
many other publications goes by the name; "The Magical 
Mystery Tour'. This contains a quite fascinating run down on 
of the way in which BASIC handles and is handled by 
memory. Included here is a list of the various 'blocks' which 
make up memory. In effect you have a small written 'map' of 
your computer. 

One of the great pities of the whole book is the lack of 
illustration. Such things as diagrams or screen dumps would 
certainly have made the more complex concepts less so for 
the newer user. 

This becomes something of a problem within the 
Graphics section. Concepts like Roller Ram are not the most 
intuitive things in the world with which to get to grips. 

Over all, Streamlined BASIC is well worth the near £19 
asked. The disc alone includes so many truly useful routines, 
none of which are protected, that it covers half the price. As a 
package it takes some getting used to and some more 
getting around. The lack of index does it no justice as the 
more you use it, the more you find yourself wanting to use it; 
having to search through for addresses or references really 
should have been taken into consideration. Having said that 
it also remains the case that there is information 
to be had and plenty of it. Geoffrey T Childs' experience, 
skill and in-depth knowledge manages to sneak past the 
rather frenzied presentation and planning (in a close race) 
to produce a worthy addition to any PCW owner's book 
and disc library. ■ 



STREAMLINED BASIC 


PLUSES 




MINUSES 


▲ Plenty of useful tips, 




T No diagrams, screen 


shortcuts and utilities 




dumps in manual 


A Programs on disc not 




T Rather scatty layout 


protected 




T No index 


▲ Treats BASIC as lively, 






human subject 






RANGE OF FEATURES 


5/5 


EASE OF USE 4/5 


READABILITY 


4/5 


LONGEVITY 4/5 


8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 17/20 



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PCW ADD-ONS 

FD4 1Mb Drive 

(Second Disk Drive for the 8256/9512) 

Amstrad RS232 Centronics Interface 

PCW 8256/8512 Memory Upgrade. 



RSC PCW Printer/Power Extension 8256/8512 . 
9512 Printer Extension 



_£115.00 

_ £45.00 

_£P.0.A. 

_ £11.00 

£9.00 



ACOUSTIC HOODS FOR PCW9S 12 

Grey,Black or Magnolia Acoustic hood £1 25.00 

Acoustic hood and stand £75.00 



DISKS 

Why take chances with inferior disks, buy the best for your 
PCW, use Amsoft CF-2 disks. Fully Guaranteed. 
Quantity Cost per box of 10 

10 £21.50 20 £21.00 

30 



£20.50 40 




DISK STORAGE BOXES 



AMSIOL(each) 
AMS10L(x2)_ 
AMS10L(x3)_ 
AMS 30L (each) 



3" DISK DRIVE HEAD CLEANER 



£20.00 The Clear Head 



_£5.50 
£10.00 
£13.00 

.£11.50 

£6.50 



PRINTERS 



STANDARD PRINTERS & THE PCW 

RS232 Centronics Interface - Connect the 8256/8512 to any 
standard printer, or as the 9512 already has this facilty 
built-in, connect the 951 2 to Communications peripherals. 

RSC Special offer £45.00 

RSC CA4 Cable (Interface to Parallel Printer) £8.00 



EPSON 



LX400 _ 

FX850_ 

EX1000 

LQ550 



LQ1050 

LQ1 060 (Colour) 

LX850 

FX1050 

LQ400 



£135.00 
£320.00 
£595.00 
£265.00 
£565.00 
£685.00 
£180.00 
£399.00 



LQ850 

LQ860 (Colour) _ 
LQ2550 (Colour) 

LC10 



LClO(Mkll) 
LCI (Colour) 
LC24-10 _ 

NX15 

FR10 

FR15 

XB24-10 _ 
XB24-15 



JUKI 6300 



STAR 



£435.00 
£550.00 



DAISY WHEEL PRINTERS 



PANASONIC 



KX-P1180 



£205.00 JUKI 6500 



wju.uu 


KX-P1124 




£150.00 
£189.00 
£189.00 
£220.00 


KX-P1540 




DMP3250 


AMSTRAD 


£265.00 


DMP4000 




£320.00 


LQ3500 




£420.00 


LQ500DI 




£420.00 
£535.00 


P2200 


NEC 


£445.00 


P6+ 




£699.00 


P7+ 





£145.00 
£245.00 
£440.00 



£119.00 
£195.00 
£209.00 
£295.00 



£265.00 
£429.00 
£545.00 



PRINTER ACCESSORIES 



PRINTER PAPER 

80 Column listing paper per box 

1 l"x9.5" 1 Part Plain 60gsm 2,000 

1 l"x9.5" 1 Part Plain 80gsm 2,000 

1 l"x9.5" 2 Part NCR 1,000 



A4 1 Port Plain 70gsm 2,000 

A4 1 Part Plain 90gsm 1,500 

132 Column listing paper per box 

H"xl4.5" 1 Part Plain 60gsm 2,000 

H"xl4.5" 1 Part M/Rule 60gsm 2,000 



_£13.50 
_£19.00 
_£21.50 
_£19.00 
J18.50 

_£17.00 
£17.50 



AMSTRAD PCW PRINTER MAINTENANCE KIT 
For 8256/851 2, removes dirt and ink deposits to maintain 
maximum print quantity. RSC PRICE £14.00 



NEW ASF951 2 SHEET FEEDER 
At last a quality sheet feeder for the Amstrad 951 2. A valuable 
additon to your 951 2 printer, Includes modified software. 
RSC SPECIAL INTRODUaORY PRICE £69.00 

MARGIN MAKER 

A single sheet guide for the PCW 8256 & 8512 £9.1 

951 2 SINGLE SHEET GUIDE 
RSC SPECIAL PRICE £14.95 



PCW RIBBONS (Min order 2's) 



QT2 

QT5 

QT 10 (or more) 

PCW Multistrike Ribbons 

PCW Colour Ribbons (Blue/Brown/Red/Green) 
Ribbons available for most other printers. 



_ £4.00 each 
.£3.50 each 
_ £3.00 each 
.£5.00 each 
£5.00 each 



QT2 


PCW 951 2 RIBBONS 
Multistrike 


£3.35 each 


QT5 




£3.15eoch 


0T 10 (or more) 




£3.00 each 


QT2 


Fabric 


£2.25 each 


0T5 




£2.00 each 


QT 10 (or more) 




£1.75 each 



For Daisywheel Printers Only 

951 2 Colour Ribbons Blue/Brown/Red/Green £5.00 each 

PCWDAISYWHEELS 
Courier 1 Script 1 20 rotor 1 Recto 1 Thesis PS Prestige Elite 
12 Letter Gothic, 10/12, Prestige, Pica, Mini, Gothic, 

all at £5.25 each 

Some available in French & German at £9.50 each 



Telephone: (0923) 243301 



DESKTOP PUBLISHING 



GRAPHICS 



The Rolls Royte of PCW desk-top publishing. 

TYPESETTING. GRAPHICS. FONT DESIGN. PAGE LAYOUT. TEXT 

EDITING. PRINTING 

The fantastic new DTP package from Creative Technology. Micro 

Design II is fast and easy to use, running on the PCW8256, 

PCW8512, PCW9S12. 

Fully Compatible with files from Locoscript 2, Protext, Wordstar, 

AMX Stop Press and many other popular packages. Micro Design 

II supports hard-disk drives both on the Kempston and AMX 

mouse systems. Huge range of lettering styles and a 

comprehensive range of Graphic Art & Design functions. Includes 

25 fonts, a whole disk of graphic 'cuts'and 'areas', and a clear & 

concise 1 40 page user manual. 

RSC SPECIAL INTRODUaORY PRICE £39.00 



MASTERPACK 
MASTERPAINT . 
MASTERSCAN 



£52.00 
£12.00 
£45.00 



Masterscon is a new, low cost device you simply clip on to the 
head of your printer. Insert the picture to scan and it will be 
reproduced on your PCW screen line by line. This allows you to 
illustrate your letters, newsheets or paper any way you want. 
Masterpaint gives you eveLyLhing you need to produce quality 
artwork. The tools allow you to drow circles, ellipses, boxes, fill 
irregular shapes using any of the 1 6 patterns, choose from a 
range of text fonts and styles move or copy sections of your 
picture and correct any mistakes using the eraser. There is also 
an airbrush utility for adding subtle shading. 

DESK TOP PUBLISHER £19.00 

DESK TOP PUBLISHER WITH AMX MOUSE £54.00 



With the desktop publisher you con unleash the grphics potential 
of your PCW to design newsletters, flyposters, adverts, 
letterheads and company reports - then print out the final 
artwork with headlines, text and graphics exactly where you 
want them. 

STOP PRESS £29.00 

STOP PRESS WITH AMX MOUSE £54.00 

FLEET STREET EDITOR PLUS £29.00 





DATABASES 



Sage Retrieve 

Master File 8000 

Dbasell 

Locofile 



SPREADSHEETS 

Supercalc 2 £35.00 

Crocker II (Turbo) RSC Special Price £35.00 



RSC TOP 10 GAMES 



WORDPROCESSING 



Batman 

Scrabble, Now Available! 
Tomahawk 



Locoscript 2 

Locoscript 2 with Locospell 2 

Locospell 2 

Locomail 1 & 2 

Locofont 1 

Locofont 2 

New-Word II 



Match Doy II 

Steve Davis Snooker 

Time and Magic 

Cyrus II Chess 

Classic Games 4 



Brian dough's Football 
Colossus Bridge 



£10.00 
£12.00 
£13.00 
£10.00 
£12.00 
£10.00 
£12.00 
£12.00 
£10.00 
£12.00 




NEW DIALATRON FAXLINK 




The Dialotron Faxlink allows both a telephone and a facsimile 
machine or modem to be used on a single telephone line. The 
Faxlink can distinguish between a normal telephone call and an 
incoming fax and automatically switches the call to the correct 
piece of equipment. 

RSC SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE £73.00 



GENERAL ACCESSORIES 



RSC E21A KEYBOARD STORAGE DRAW 

The RSC E21A keyboard storage draw features a sturdy steel & 
plostic construction. A PC keyboard locates in the tray which can 
be safely tucked out of sight when not in use. Saves space Qn 
your desktop & provides protection from dust & dirt. CPU & 
monitor stack on top. 
RSC PRICE £27.00 




COPY HOLDERS 

RSC L2 Desktop £12.00 

RSC LI Desk Clomp £12.00 

A must for every workstation, can be positioned to olmosl any 
angle. 

4-WAY MAINS MULTI SOCKET 

4 Way mains distribution socket. With built-in orrester to give 

full protection from mains borne spikes and surges £15.00 

Spike protected plug £9.50 



ANTI-STATIC MATS 

RSC M-02 Anti-Static Mouse Mat 



280 x 210 x 4mm Fully earihed when connected. 
RSC M-03 Anti-Static Keyboard Mat . 



595 x 250 x 4mm Fully earthed when connected. 
RSC M-04 Anti-Static PC Mat 



£14.95 




RSC Limited, 75 Queens Road, Watford WD1 2QN. Fax: (0923) 37946 




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WordFinder gives you on line access to its dictionaries to aid those 
jaded memory cells. As used by professional crossword compilers. 
Search through 19,000 words and 5,000 proper names between 3 
and 12 characters in length by just typing in the known letters e.g. 
A-S---D. Simple retrieval mechanism for plurals, adjectives and 
adverbs. Superb anagrammer allows input of more or less 
characters than in the target. WordFinder is dead easy to use, 
comes with a full instruction manual and a utility to add new words 
to the dictionaries. Price £13.50 inclusive. 

Also Letta-Head Plus - have fun designing and printing 
personalised stationery, labels, posters etc. Price £18.50. 

For further details and orders phone (0433) 30799 or write to: 



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/fyou want to master anew computer or 
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money to burn, a Reeltime Audio-disc training 
course will teach you in a fraction of the time. 
Just switch on your computer and play the tapes - 
your tutor will talk you through the course in a 
series of easy-to-follow exercises. 
Learn at your own speed on your own computer - 
and take as much time as you need! 



AMSTRAD COURSES 

Amstrad CPC 6128 £29.95 
PCW9512-Loco2 £29.95 
KW 8256- Loco 1 £29.95 
PCW 8256 -Loco 2 £29.95 
CHM Computing £29.95 
AmstradPC1640 £29.95 

Amstrad PC Extended £49.95 
AmstradPC2086 £29.95 
K2086Extended £49.95 



Amstrad PK Portable £29.95 
SuperCak3(&4) £29.95 
WordStar Express £29.95 
GENERAL COURSES 
IBMXT £29.95 

IBM PC/AT Extended £49.95 
Desktop Publishing £49.95 
WordStar Prof 3.3 £29.95 
dBase II £29.95 

Timeworks Publisher £29. 95 



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P+P but exclude VAT. Send your cheque to: 

Headline Communication Ltd., 

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or phone 0602 603623 quoting your 
Access or Visa number. 

437 WestdaJe Lane, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 6DH. 




ALSO NEW!! PTR. COM 

For 8256/8512 users only. Displays a second menu bar at the 

bottom of the screen giving the up-to-date settings of paper, 

Length. Spacing, Gap, Pitch, Margins, Tabs, Bold, Double. Italic 

and Underline. Any item can be changed at will and text can be 

sent direct to the printer. Instructions on disk. 

Only £7.95 or together with PCW 
SuperDOS for £34.95. SAVE £2.95! 



Banish The A> Prompt - Get SuperDOS 
The DeskTop Environment for the PCW 



PCW SuperDOS totally replaces the unhelpful A> prompt with a friendly DeskTop environment 
featuring windows and pull down menus. 

With SuperDOS you can 

* run all your programs and batch files, 

* do all your disk housekeeping, including copying 
AND moving files. 

* carry out actions with the minimum of keystrokes. 

* organise your programs into separate directories 
just like the PC. 

After running your programs you return automatically to SuperDOS. You need never see the A> prompt again! 
SuperDOS also includes a 'notepad' for reminders, to-do lists and the easy writing of batch (SUBMIT) files. SuperDOS 
adds four new built-in' commands, including COPY, IFNOT and a pause command for inclusion in your batch files. For 
8256/8512 users there is improved control of the printer from the DeskTop. SuperDOS is fast, is packed with features, 
and has been designed to feel like Locoscript so will appeal to reluctant CP/M users and power users alike. SuperDOS 
includes some or all the features of DIR, PIP, ERASE, RENAME, TYPE, SHOW, SET, RPED, DISCKIT, SUBMIT and DATE. 

SuperDOS requires a minimum 512K RAM, and will work 
with the new memory expansion boards. It is programmed in 
machine code using only documented CP/M techniques. 
Unfortunately it is NOT designed for use with a hard disk. 
Would make a lovely Christmas present! 
PCW SuperDOS costs £29.95, 
including a ring bound manual. 

Four great PCW programs from 

Encyclasoft 

Hay fields Grove, 

Audi em, Crewe, 

CW3 OLB. 

0270 811890 



Script2Base and Text2Base 
Free Text Databases 

These programs turn your. Locoscript 2 or Pretext 
documents into a database. No need to make ASCII 
copies. You mark key phrases in a way that does not 
affect the documents. The program then creates up to 
five alphabetical subject indexes that you can later 
browse through to find your pearls of wisdom. Manual 
on disk as a sample free text database. 

Both programs cost £29.95 - 
please specify clearly which you require. 



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AMSTRAD PCW 8256 



AMSTRAD PCW 8512 



AMSTRAD PCW 9512 




1 



• Fully integrated word processor system 

• 82 key Keyboard 

• 256K RAM 

• High res. screen 

• 180K 3" disc drive 

• 9 pin dot matrix printer 

• 90 CPS in draft 20 CPS NLQ 

• Locoscript software 

• CP/M Plus with GSX & Dr.Logo 

• Mallard Basic with Jetsam 

£315 

On-site maintenance please add £30.00 




• Fully integrated word processor system 

• 82 key Keyboard 

• 512K RAM 

• High res. screen 

• 1x 180K + 720K3"drives 

• 9 pin dot matrix printer 

• 90 CPS in draft 20 CPS NLQ 

• Locoscript software 

• CP/M Plus with GSX & Dr.Logo 

• Mallard Basic with Jetsam 

£399 

On-site maintenance please add £30.00 



ACCESSORIES PCW 951 2 I ■ 3 " CF2 Dlscs FOR AMSTRAD 



Vortex 40MB Hard Drive £499.00 

CPS 9512 AMSTRAD RS232 

P/S Interface £49.00 

SKM 256K to 51 2K Memory Upgrade Kit 
with fitting instruction P.O. A. 

FD4 Second Disk Drive 8256 £115.00 

PCW Dust Covers (3 piece inc) £9.00 

3" Drive Cleaning Kit £9.50 

Margin Maker £10.50 



SKM SCOOP 

maxell 

CF 2 per 10 £22.00 

CF-2per20 £42.00 

CF-2per30 £63.00 

AMSOFT 

CF-2per 10 £24.00 

CF-2per20 £45.00 

Disk Cleaner £6.50 




Z80A processor 

51 2K RAM 

3" 720K drive 

82 Key Keyboard 

High res.paperwhite monitor 

Wide carriage bi-directional daisy wheel printer 

20CPS single & tractor feed 

Locoscript 2 software inlcudes Locospell 

& Locomail 

CP/M Plus with GSX 8 Dr.Logo 

Mallard Basic 



FREE SHEET FEEDER WITH PCW 9512 

£425 

On-site maintenance please add £30.00 



DOT MATRIX PRINTERS 



Star LC10 Multifont Printer £150.00 

Star LC10 Colour Printer £185.00 

PANASONIC PRINTERS 
Panasonic KX-P1124 

Draft - 160 cps, NLQ - 63 cps £265.00 

Panasonic KX-P1180 

Draft - 132 cps. NLQ 38 cps £165.00 



PCW RIBBONS 



SKM's CHRISTMAS 
SOFTWARE BONANZA!!! 



PRINTER QTY 

AMSTRAD 2+ 

PCW 8256/8512 NYLON. ...£4.30.. 
PCW 8256/8512 CARBON £4. 75 . 
PCW 8256/8512 COLOUR. £5.00 
PCW 9512 NYLON £3.50 

PCW 9512 CARBON £4.75.. 



QTY 

5+ 

. £4.00 

. £4.50 

£4.75 . 

£3.30 

£4.50 



QTY 
10+ 

£3 50 
£4.00 
£4.50 
£3.00 
.£4.00 



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DAISYWHEELS FOR PCW 9512 



AVAILABLE TYPE STYLES 
PRODUCT CODE TYPEFACE 

CourierlO Prestige Pica 10 

Recta 10 Oratorio 

LetterGothic 10/12 Prestige Elite 12 

Script 12 Mini Gothic 15 

Each £6.00 
For other printer ribbons please call 



BOOKS (no VAT payable) 



Mallard Basic By Amstrad £9.95 

Programming PCW By Ian Sinclair £7,95 

Step by Step Guide to Locoscript £4.95 

All in One Mini Office Professional. ...£11 .50 
Desktop Publishing with the Amstrad PCW ...£9.50 

Locoscript 2 by Ian Sinclair £9.95 

Locoscript 2 Amstrad PCW £11.95 

Locoscript - Mail - Spell £7.95 

Looking into Locoscript 2 £13.95 



WORDPROCESSING 



Pretext £35.00 

Locoscript 2 £22.00 

Locoscript 2 with Locospell 2 £27.00 

Locospell 2 £18.00 

Locomail 1 & 2 £25.00 

Locofont 1 £17.00 

Locolont2 £13.00 

Locofile £25.00 

New-Word II £42.00 

Sage Accounts £58.00 

Sage Accountant Plus £86.00 

Sage Invoicing £40.00 

Sage Payroll £40.00 

Stockmarket £25 00 

Money Manager £24.00 

DG Payroll £26.00 

Map Integrated Accounts £90.00 

Better Maths (Age 12-16) £14.00 

Physics (Age 12-16) £17.00 

Chemistry (Age 12-16) £17.00 

Biology (Age 12-16) £17.00 

Better Spelling (8-Adult) £14.00 

Magic Maths (Age 4-8) £14.00 

Maths Mania (Age 8-12) £14.00 

Sage Chit Chat £69.00 

Easy Labeller £21.00 

Rotate £16.00 

AMX Mouse & Desktop Utilities £47.00 

Crash Course Typing £17.00 

Two Fingers Typing £17.00 

Daata Fax £32.00 

Sharemaster £69.00 

E-Type £18.00 

Personal Tax Planner £20.00 



DESKTOP PUBLISHING 



Fleet Street Editor Plus £39.00 

Stop Press £29.00 

Stop Press + AMX Mouse £54.00 

Micro Design II £40.00 

Database Software £20 00 

Database DTP + AMX Mouse £57.00 



SPREADSHEETS 



Supercalc 2 

Cracker II (Turbo).. 



..£38.00 
..£35.00 



GRAPHICS 




£49.00 




£13,00 




MasterScan and 

Master Paint 

£53.00 


Mocker 



GENERAL & UTILITIES 



DATABASES 



Sage Retrieve £40.00 

Master File 8000 £35.00 

Dbase II £60.00 

Datastore II £29,00 

At Last Plus £19.00 

Cambase II £32.00 



Mini Office 
PROFESSIONAL PLUS 

Very successful - many new features 
5 separate programs - Wordprocessor 

• Database • Spreadsheet • Graphics 

• Communications Interactive 

OUR PRICE ONLY £27.00 



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AUTOMATIC SHEET FEEDER 



The ASF951 2 Is an automatic sheet feeder 
for use with the PCW 9512 . It will hold up to 30 
sheets of paper enabling either multi-page 
documents or mail-merged letters to be printed 
unattended, thereby releasing the user for other 
tasks and improving productivity The Sheet Feeder 
can be attached or removed m seconds, leaving the 
printer to accept individual sheets of paper or the 
standard tractor assembly. 




ACCOUSTIC HOOD FOR YOUR 9512 




SKM'S most economic solution to 
noisy printers 

• Up to 90% noise reduction 

• See through lid keeps noise in and dust out 

Hood and Stand £89.00 only 

Now available to accommodate 

9512withSheetfeeder 

OUR PRICE 

£120 



LEISURE SOFTWARE 



Cyrus Chess £12.00 

Colossus 4 Chess £14 00 

Batman £11.00 

Tomahawk £13 00 

The Pawn £17.00 

Trivial Pursuits £14.00 

Head Over Heels £11.00 

Ace £14.00 

Match Day II £12,00 

Tetris £14.00 

Clock Chess £14.00 

Steve Davis Snooker £11.00 

Classic Games 4 £14.00 

Time & Magic £10.00 

Brian Cloughs Football £10.00 

Colossus Bridge £12,00 

Mindfighter £15.00 

Living Daylights £14.00 

PCW Challenge £12.00 

Times Jubilee Crossword £1600 

Sun Crossword 2 £14,50 



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Printers 

Although all PCWs come with a printer (and tor most 
people this is the reason for purchasing the machine) 
there is no harm in upgrading. For PCW9512 owners, 
the addition of a dot matrix printer will allow for graphics 
output and faster draft quality printing. Listed below are 
just a few of the printers available for the PCW. 



Printer 


Price 


Telephone 


StarLC-10 


£259 


0494 471111 


StarLC-15(9pin) 


£299 


0494 471111 


Panasonic KX-P1 081 


£219 


0753 73181 


Citizen 180E 


£299 


0895 7262: 


Brother M-1109 


£195 


061 330 6531 


Amstrad DMP3250di 


£199 


0277 228888 


Juki 7100 (24pin) 


£900 


0256 473232 



Ram board 

Isenstein, always in the forefront of 
design for the PCW, brought out the 
RAM Upgrade board. This adds an 
additonal 51 2K of memory to your 
computer. Since the initial board was 
released, the company have come up 
with a RAM pack which fits onto the 
machine's expansion port. You will have 
read in news that SCA Systems are 
also bringing out a RAM upgrade; we 
haven't had the chance to review it yet 
but will be doing so soon. 

Before the days of 1024K memories 
(K stands for kilobyte or 1024 bytes) 
there were also memory upgrades for the 
8256 owner. These consisted of chips which were fitted onto the 8256 motherboard 
Sample prices for these, and the Isenstein details, are given below. 

Product Price Telephone 

Isenstein RAM upgrades: 

512k RAM pack - external fitted £119(+VAT) 

51 2k RAM card - internal fitted £98.95(+VAT) 0244 822768 

Sample 256k upgrades: 

West of Britain Business £37(+VAT) 0558 823782 

Cyca Ltd £49(+VAT) 01 70 4004 




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A hard disc rids 

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tedious disc 

swapping. 

Backing up can 

be achieved 

rapidly, and you 

know where 

everything is. A 

hard disc is 

basically a larger, 

more versatile 

version of the 

smaller discs you put in your drives. They come in various 

sizes, normally ranging from 20MB (megabytes) upwards. 

A megabyte, by the way, is 1024 kilobytes. If you consider 

that an A drive disc is able to hold about 173 kilobytes then 

you get some idea of how big 20MB really is. 





Interfaces 

Your PCW can 

be a very lonely 

machine unless 

it is provided 

with the ability to 

communicate. 

Peripheral 

devices such as 

printers, 

modems and 

MIDI simply will 

not talk to the 

PCW without 

the use of an 

interface. The expansion slot at the back (just 

below the printer port) of your PCW is the place for 

an interface. So, if you want to communicate, have 

a look at the list below: 



PCWInterface 

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Drive Price 


Company Telephone 




Diamond (32MB) £465 


Cirtech 0896 57790 




Diamond (48MB) £545 


Cirtech 0896 57790 




Web (20MB) £499 


Timatic 0329 236 727 




System 2000 (40MB) £499 


Ideal Hardware 01 390 1211 









Interface 

CPS8256 

PCW 

SCA 



Price Company 

£59.95 Amstrad 

£49 MCS 

£49.95 SCA 



Parallel I/O £55.95 SM 



Telephone 

0277 4545555 
0602 391204 
0903 700288 
0323 766262 



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Modems 

If you cast an eye over the interface section, you will see mention of modems. These are becoming more and more 
popular as both home and business computing moves out of the cubby hole and into the real world. A modem will 
allow you to a) communicate by telephone line with other users, via Bulletion Board Services (BBSs), b) have your 
own electronic mailbox on systems like Telecome Gold, and c) even use Prestel. As the months go by a modem 
becomes a must. Just a few are listed below: 



fit! 



Modem 


Price 


Company 


Telephone 


SM2400 


£286.35 


Amstrad 


0277 228888 


TM602 


£343.85 


Tandata 


0684 892421 


TM500 


£171.35 


Tandata 


0684 892421 


Linnet 


£174.80 


Pace 


0274 488211 


Linnet 1200 Exec 


£347.30 


Pace 


0274 488211 


EC2400 


£279 


Hi-Tec 


0733 52440 


Detton II 


£103.45 


Hi-Tec 


0733 52440 


Minimo Plus I 


£224.25 


Dowty 


0635 33009 


Miracle WS300 


£339.25 


Miracom 


0473 2338888 





Disc drives 

You have probably seen 'other' 
machines with weirdly-sized 
disc drives. Gone are the days 
of the mammoth 8 inch disc 
drive. The industry standard 
(which means IBM used them) 
for some time has been 5.25 
inch; these are still very cheap 
to buy. Then came the 3 inch 
drives which you have on the 
PCW. The new standard is set 
to be 3.5 inch. The more 
popular the drive, the cheaper 
the disc. Listed below are a few of the drives available for your PCW: 




Drive Price 

Pace 5.25 inch £166 

KDS 5.25 inch £159.95 

Compact Micros 3.5 inch £94.94 
KDS 3.5 inch £129.95 



Company 

Pace 

KDS 

Compact Micros 

KDS 



Telephone 

0274 488211 
0485 32076 
0274 640589 
0485 32076 




Mice and 
Lightpens 

Many people find trying to 
draw or create graphics by 
means of the cursor keys a 
quite unnatural process. Since 
the inception of the WIMP 
(Windows, Icons, Menus and 
Pointers) environments used 
in software such as Stop 
Press and Master Paint, mice 
and lightpens have become 
more popular. 



Product 

AMX mouse 

Kempston mouse * 

Cadmaster Lightpen £29.95 
Electric Studio Lightpen ** 



Company 

Database 
Kempston 



Telephone 

0625 878888 
0234 841224 



Trojan 0792 885564 

Electric Studio 0462 420222 



Joysticks 

Alien space marauders always move faster 

than you do, as do helicopters or fighter 

pilots. The best way around this is to use a 

joystick. The PCW is not exactly well 

endowed with these creatures but a few are listed below 



* Only available with various Kempston software products. 
Kempston have said that in individual cases they might reconsider. 

** Only available with Electric Studio's Newsdesk International. 



Joystick Price Company Telephone 

Quickshotll £5.95 A to Z Computers 01744 1834 

Quickshot II Turbo £11.95 A to Z Computers 017441834 



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Read what the Reviewers have to say 

"New lease of Life for the PCW" 

THE MANUAL "Is clear, concise and refrains from using terms which might 
confuse the first time user". "Comprehensive, immensely friendly and will 
lead you where you want to go" " An excellent manual. ..which contains a 
clear and well set-out tutorial guide, as well as a full reference section". 

USE "It takes about an hour or so to get on speaking terms with 
MicroDesign". "The most un-artistic user should be able to produce basic 
illustrations." "MicroDesign has been created with the end user in mind." 
"The program is meant for grassroots users." 

FEATURES "It does everything you are likely to need in designing and 
laying-out your artwork". "With normal typing skills any document can be 
made to look attractive." "An important feature of the program is auto-flow 
around graphics... the text you enter will automatically flow around the 
picture." "The impressive way (it) copes with text." "There's speed like you 
wouldn't believe possible from the PCW." "Very fast - puts rivals to shame." 
"(They) have thought of everything." 

PRINTING "The print quality, even from the PCW printer, knocks spots off 
the competition." "Output is extraordinarily good" "...found it hard to believe. 
The quality was far in excess of my hopes." "...the high graphics resolution 
produces higher quality text even from the standard printer." "....extremely 
high resolution printouts which set the software apart from its competition". 



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We have researched budget printers for you and STAR is the outright 
winner with Panasonic the only close contender. We rejected Amstrad, 
Brother, Citizen, Epson (reliability) and NEC (jamming). The STAR LC-10 
was voted 'Best Dot Matrix Printer' by What Micro and 8000 Plus. The Star 
LC24-10 was chosen by the PC Independent Users Club and PC Plus. 

• STAR LC-10 Multifont 9 pin 144cps draft, 36cps NLQ(£140+) = £161.00 

• STAR LC-10 II New, faster. 180cps draft, 45cps NLQ(£160+) = £184.00 

• STAR LC-10 Colour (7 colours, including black) 144cps/36cps 

Fully compatible with MicroDesign II (£175+) = £201.25 

• STAR LC24-10 Superb 24 pin 170cps/57cps LQ (£199 +) = £228.85 

• STAR LC24-15. A3 landscape, 200cps , 

67cps LQ (£330+) = £379.50 

NB printer cables required. 8256/8512 owners will require an interface and 
will usually require LocoScript 2. All PCW's may require Printer Drivers 
(Booklet on request). Please note that Panasonic's otherwise excellent 
KX-P1124 requires the extra 32K RAM Text Buffer for even part 
compatability with Locoscript 2. 



PERIPHERALS AND ACCESSORIES 



PRINTER CABLES. Top Quality PCW9512 to Star etc (Centronics) . £7.95 
PCW 8256/8512 (interface required) to Star etc Centronics Printer ...£9.95 
RIBBONS (including VAT, P&P) LC-10 £4.60; 5 + £4.30. LC-10 Colour 
£6.90; 5 + £6.20 (also takes black for economy): LC24-10/LC24-15 £5.75; 
5 + £5.25. 

AUTO Cut Sheet Feeder LC-10, LC-10C, LC24-10 (£60+)= £69.00 

BBD Dust Covers (incl) 8256/8512 (grey 3pc):£11.45: 9512 (ivory 3pc).... £13.45 

Star LC-10, LC-10C, LC24-10, LC24-1 5 (state grey or ivory) £5.50 

INTERFACES Parallel /Serial for PCW8256/8512 printer etc connection 

SCA Professional. Highly regarded, full featured (£40.87+) =£47.00 

SCA Prof Plus. As above + real time clock/calendar (£50+) = £57.50 

MASTER SCAN Optical scanner attaches to 8256/8512 printer head. 
Digitises most pictures to save for Graphics 

and DTP programs (£46.04) =£52.95 

MASTER PAINT Graphics package £13.95 With AMX MOUSE ...£57.50 

MASTER PACK Master Scan + Paint £55.95. ..With AMX MOUSE ..£97.50 
AMX MOUSE (includes interface with through connector) ""£44.50 

CANON PHOTOCOPIERS Free one year UK on site mainenance 

Canon FC-5 small portable multiple A4 copier (£575+) = £661.25 

Canon PC-7. 8 copies/min. Reduction/Enlargement (£850+) = £977.50 



STOP PRESS "MicroDesign II takes over where Stop Press leaves oft. 
There is no chance of Stop Press being upgraded to compete with 
MicroDesign II now and in fact there would be little point: there is just too 
much ground to make up. ..it would make little sense to choose Stop Press. 
MicroDesign II would win out for the printer support alone". 

THE ACCOLADES "They have introduced a desktop publishing program 
which surpasses anything else., the last word in the development of text and 
graphics manipulation for the ubiquitous PCW." "Does almost everything 
better." "This beats the lot." "The results are superb." "Brilliant and 
sophisticated." "Beats the opposition hands down." "The Rolls Royce of 
PCW desk-top publishing." 

QUOTATIONS FROM: The Guardian; 8000 Plus; Amstrad PCW; Micro 
Computer Mart; New Computer Express. 

TYPESETTING * TEXT EDITING * PAGE LAYOUT 
• GRAPHICS • FONT DESIGN • PRINTING 

Runs on the PCW8256, PCW 8512 and the PCW 9512. Fully compatible 
with files from LocoScript 2, Protext, Wordstar, AMX Stop Press, The 
Desktop Publisher, Mini-Office Professional, Rombo Vidi Digitiser, Master 
Scan and other PCW software packages. 

Gives high quality printed output using the PCW 8256/8512 dot matrix 
printer. Speed and quality are improved with an external 9 pin printer. 
Highest quality and speed are achieved using 24 pin, or laser printer. 
MicroDesign II also supports the Star LC-10C Colour Printer. Supports both 
the AMX and Kempston mouse systems. 

Huge range of Fonts, Typestyles and Typesetting functions. Extensive range 
of Graphic Art and Design facilities. 



MICRODESIGN II (£36.52 + VAT) = 

With AMX Mouse and Interface (£71 .30 + VAT) = £82.00 

We will beat any lower price providing the advertiser has 

stocks 



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Your PCW 8256 will need a Memory Upgrade for high resolution 
printing 



MEMORY UPGRADES 



Upgrade your PCW 8256 memory to 51 2K with our best selling kit. 
Almost an essential for MicroDesign II and Locoscript 2 + disc copying. 

Our simple instructions assume no prior knowledge, experience, or skills. 
We supply TOP QUALITY chips jig preformed for ease of insertion. NO 
BENDING REQUIRED, plus a 'Practice' chip. Simply 'Plug in & Go' 
• PCW 8256 256K Memory Upgrade kit to 512K (£30.39 +) = £34.95 

SAVE £5 ON ABOVE WHEN PURCHASING A DRIVE 



PCW DRIVES 



3" Brand New AMSTRAD/PANASONIC internal fitting 1mb (720K formatted) 
drives using CF2 discs, with simple DIY instructions. Just "Plug in & Go" 
The FD2 (black front panel) and FD4 (ivory panel) are otherwise identical. 

• FD4 second drive for PCW 8256 and PCW 9512 (£107.87 +) = £124 

• FD2 second drive for PCW 8256 (as available) (£112.17 +) = £129 

• NEW FD1 for PCW 8256/8512 drive A replacement (£86.09 +) = £99 

• NEW FD4 for PCW 9512 drive A replacement (£103.48 +) = £119 

5 1 '4" PACE external 40/80 track self powered drive for data transfer 

between PCs and all PCWs, using TDOS software supplied (£11 6.52 +) =£134 



SOFTWARE 



LOCOMOTIVE SOFTWARE. All new stock. Prices include VAT 
For the PCW 8256/851 2 

Printer Drivers Disc 

(+CharKit) £17.95 

24 Pin Printer Drivers £20.95 

LocoFont Set 1 £16.95 

LocFont Set 2 £12.95 



LocoScript 2 £21.50 

Locospell2 £17.45 

LocoScript 2 + LocoSpell £27.95 

LocoMail £24.50 

LocoFile £22.95 



* * LOCOFILE + LOCOMAIL - £42.50 



For the_PCW 9_5_1 2 
Printer Drivers Disc 
(+Charkit) 



24 Pin Printer Drivers £20.95 

..£17.95 LocoFile £22.95 



For all PCWs: Locofont 24 Text £23.50. Locofont 24 Display £23.50. 



Minimum order £10. Next day Courier Delivery £8. 

Bold prices include VAT and UK post, normally by return. 

Send cheques/Money orders; or Pic/LA/Govt orders to: 

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Cornwall TR1 6 5DR 

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Sharon Bradley shows you the fast and easy way 



The Christmas and New Year period is the one time during 
the year in which we traditionally renew old 
acquaintances and get back in touch with all our far-flung 
relatives. This is probably all it takes to send your PCW's 
disc drives whirring and printer chuntering in a flurry of 
perfectly-LocoScripted letter production. 

But whether it's the season of good will or not, the last 
thing you're going to want to do is sit down in a corner with 
pen, bulging address book and, by now, solid wedge of 
envelopes to manually address each one. Wouldn't life be 
much easier if you could somehow find a way of using your 
PCW to print out the full list of names and addresses you 
needed on, say, a roll of 11/2" continuous label paper? All you 
would then have to do would be to stick each label on its 
appropriate envelope. 

If you've been particularly clever in the way you go 
about organising your New Year correspondence, you will 
probably have created a file on your LocoScript disc and 
given it over exclusively to the names and addresses of the 
eventual recipients of your letters - rather like a LocoMail 
mailmerge datafile. 

Although it's obvious that you're not going to want to carry 
out a full-blooded mailmerge on all your personal New Year 
correspondence (at least, one hopes not), holding a separate 
file of names and addresses does allow you to 'insert' in one 
go the correct address at the top of your letter. This can be 
done using LocoScript's cross-file copy and paste facility. This 
file will, however, be essential if you want to print out all the 
names and addresses on continuous label stationery. So how 
exactly is it all done? 

LOCOSCRIPT 2 

Create a name and address file in much the same way as you 
would create a LocoMail datafile. Press [C] to open a new 
document and start typing. In order to print out each label 
correctly, LocoScript demands that the information to be 
printed on it - the name and address - must be treated as an 
individual page. At the end of every address, therefore, simply 
press [f5] to call up the Page menu and choose the End page 
here option. The marker denoting the end of a LocoScript 
page will appear on the screen; type in the next address, and 
so on, until all the recipients' details have been entered. Press 
[EXIT] and then Finish edit in the usual way to save the 
document - called something logical like ADDRESS. 

We then have to set up a new paper type so that the 
printer can accommodate the continuous label stationery 
we've chosen. Back at the Disc Management Screen, press 
[f6] to bring LocoScript 2's Settings menu up onto the screen. 
Select the New paper type option at the top of the menu. 

As we saw last month when creating a new paper type, 
this menu is already filled in and shows the details of the 
current paper type. You must change the information t~-^s. 
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1 ) Create the names and addresses file in much the same way as you would a LocoMail mailmerge datafile. After 
entering the details to be printed out on the first label, press the [15] key to open the Page menu and select the End 
page here option. The appropriate marker will appear on your screen. Start typing in the next name and address. 



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menu will show the details of the current paper type when you call it up on the screen. You will have to edit it so that it 
contains the dimensions of the new 11/2" label continuous stationery: Height 9, Left offset 0, Top gap and Bottom 
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3) It is possible to print out your file on a different kind of paper to the one you've just set up for it. You might, for 

example, want to see a printed list of the files contents on standard A4 before you go ahead with your label printing. 

Either way, this is the menu where you make that choice. If you want to go straight into the label print, choose 

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your new 11/2" label paper type. 

First of all change the default paper type to Continuous 
stationery using the [+] key to the left of the space bar. Next 
alter the Height of the paper to 9. Why 9? we hear you cry. 
As far as LocoScript is concerned, each label is to be treated 
as a page. The distance to measure, therefore, to calculate 
the height (or depth) of our 'page' - albeit a little one - is the 
distance between the top of one label and the top of the one 
below it. In our case, the distance is 11/2". We must then 
multiply that measurement by 6 (basic line pitch) to calculate 
the height, or, more exactly, the number of printable lines per 
label. This works out as 9. 

Next, set the Bottom gap (the number of printable lines 
to be left blank at the bottom of each label) to 2 and set 
everything else - the Left offset and Top gap options - to 
0. They don't concern us here. Givo the new paper type 
you have just created a name by moving to the top of the 
menu and typing over the name of the former paper type. 
11/2" Labels seems an appropriate name. 

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1) Create the LocoScript 1 names and addresses file in exactly the same way as when in LocoScript 2. After 

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3) Make the following alterations to LocoScript 1's paper type menu: tick Continuous stationery, set the 

Form length to 9 with the Gap length 0. Press [EXIT] to leave the printer control state and print as usual. 

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Ignore paper sensor option hasn't been ticked. If it has, clear 
it. Move back down to the bottom of the menu and select 
Create new paper type. 

Back at the initial [f6] Settings menu, choose the Write 
SETTINGS.STD option to save the new paper type to the 
program's settings file. You will need to insert your original 
LocoScript 2 start of day disc in the drive to do this. If you 
don't write this paper type to the Settings file, you will have to 
redefine it next time you need to print out on labels. 

Open the names and addresses file we created earlier on 
under [E]dit and press [f1] for Document Setup. Open the [f5] 
Page menu and choose Paper type. Highlight 11/2" Labels 
using the [+] key, and then press [EXIT] and [ENTER]. This will 
take you back to the familiar names and addresses file. 

Finally, before printing out, don't forget, as we saw last 
month, to Change to paper intended for document when the 
Document and current printer do not match warning 
appears on the screen. Proceed with the print. 

LOCOSCRIPT 1 

As with LocoScript 2, create and save your names and 
addresses file, not forgetting to call up the [f6] Page menu 
after each entry has been typed in to force an end of page 
marker. Back at the Disc Management Screen, press the 
[PTR] key once to enter the printer control state and then [f1] 
to open the Options menu. 

The resulting menu is the equivalent of the menu we used 
under LocoScript 2 to create our new paper type. Here, 
highlight Continuous stationery, again using the [+] key and 
set the Form length (or Height, as it was called in LocoScript 
2) to 9. Enter at the Gap length prompt. 

All you have to do after that is press the [EXIT] key to 
come out of the printer control state and you will be ready to 
print out your list of labels as normal. 

One more thing: make sure the printer head is positioned 
at the top of a label before starting. If the printer starts to move 
at a skew-whiff angle across the continuous labels stationery 
for whatever reason, press first [PTR] then [f7][ENTER] to stop 
printing, followed by [EXIT]. Line up the stationery again (a 
tractor feeder will stop the paper slipping on the platen) and 
restart printing. 

You'll have address labels whizzing off your PCW's platen 
in less than the time it used to take you to even so much as 
find your old address book. Reluctant letter writers will have to 
start thinking up some other good reasons as to why they can't 
lend a hand at the annual Hogmanay roll-call. 

Form of address 

With both LocoScript 1 and 2 don't forget that it is not essential 
for the paper type that you have set in the document to match 
the paper type that you print on. Even though we've set up our 
names and addresses file to print out on 11/2" continuous label 
stationery, it is still possible to print out the file on standard A4 
paper. Doing this will simply give you a list of the file's contents 
for easy, portable reference. You never know; it could make a 
handy Filofax update. 

You might prefer on the odd occasion to print out a 
particular name and address directly onto the envelope. To do 
this, open the ADDRESS file, set the left margin at, say, 35 and 
the right at 70 and clear any tabs. Save these changes, and at 
the Disc Management Screen, highlight the name of the file 
with the file cursor and press [P]. Choose Print some pages 
and enter the number of the page containing the details that 
you want to print on the envelope. This is where a printout of 
the list would come in handy; it would save you having to open 
the file. and scroll your way slowly through it just to find the 
page number of the details you want to print. 

This method, needless to say, will not prove particularly 
time-effective if you've got more than a handful of addresses 
that you want to print. ■ 



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Bolt-on extras 

Hotel is described as a hotel 
booking, registration and 
billing system, and can be 
used in conjunction with 
Cavalier's INTACT 
accounting system (£74.95), 
and DINER (59.95), the 
restaurant and room service 
package from the same 
company. It can be used on 
any PCW, but in order to 
use the complete range of 
goodies available, a twin 
drive machine is required. 




Tim Nott prepares to have his every wish met as he 
checks out a new PCW program for hotels 



HOTEL 

£99.95 • Cavalier Software • 01 639 6683 

This Christmas, fifteen relatives of varying shapes and sizes 
will be honouring our house with demands for bed and board. 
Having insufficient time to take a crash course in hotel 
management, and having insufficient fingers to keep count of 
the guest list at any one moment, this reviewer fell upon 
Cavalier Software's new product as an answer to a prayer. 
The manual, while lacking the strong narrative style of 
Arthur Hailey's work of the same name, is excellently written 
in plain English, and assumes minimal knowledge of 
computers - always a good sign. It starts by telling you how to 
make a start of day disc, which is done by loading BASIC and 
typing RUN "HOTEL". You are then asked a few questions 
about your PCW and the program informs you when and 



CAUALIER SOFTWARE HOTEL MENU 



Room Control (Allocate Room Nunbers & Types) 

Reservations & Arrivals 

Departures & Billing 

Previous Guests Database 

Telephone Call Logging 

Transfer Charges front DINER 

Newspaper Reservations & Billing 



EXIT TO CP/M 



PLEASE MAKE VOUR SELECTION 



The opening menu to Cavalier Software's Hotel: select Departures and Billing to enter your hotel's name 



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Single [Shower] 

Single [Shower, TU S Bar] 

Single [Bath, IU * Bar] 

Double [Shower] 

Double [Shower, TU « Bar] 

Double [Bath, TV « Bar] 

Honeynoon Suite 



NEXT SCREEN - SPECIALIST ROOMS 



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PLEASE SELECT ROOM TYPE 



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Defining the various room types, including the tariffs for various periods throughout the year 



where to insert various discs. After a few minutes you have a 
self-loading start of day disc, and another disc prepared to 
record all the data. This process is completely painless and 
has been designed for users who don't know their PIP from 
their PROFILE.SUB. 

Room with a view? 

Having created the start of day discs, the next step is to 
create your hotel. The start of day disc auto loads, and 
prompts you for today's date. The main menu then appears, 
and selecting Departures and Billing, allows you to enter 
your Hotel's name and address, together with such details as 
the VAT rate and the number of your first invoice. Having 
done this, Floppy Towers is launched, and you can get down 
to the fun part of detailing the rooms. 

The first module of the system is Room control. This 
enables you to define up room types, which could vary from 
Unconverted stable - share with ox and ass to Private 
suite with own pool. (Yes, for only 2500 Francs a day you 
can stay in such luxury at the Hotel Le Mas D'Artigny, near 
Nice, which boasts 25 such suites. Renault entertain the 
motoring press there. Software publishers please take note.) 

The system provides for 13 types of bedroom and a 
further 1 3 types of function room. The next thing is to set up 
the room status codes, numbered 0-9. Of these, is reserved 
for Available, no problem and 9 for Unavailable. The rest 
of the codes are user definable, and the examples given 
range from Needs new linen to Major decorative problems. 
A status code greater than 4 will prevent the room from 
being booked. 

Minor niggle number one is that the Needs new linen 
example is rather misleading, as when a previously 
Available, no problems room is vacated, it reverts to that 
status although it will obviously need new linen. Another 
option in this module allows you to set break dates - you will 
not necessarily want to charge the same rates throughout the 
year - and you can set five such dates. Finally, you assign a 
room type and a status code to each of the rooms in your 
hotel, give them prices for each season, an optional short 
description, and Floppy Towers is in business. 

Printing fits 

This module also contains facilities for displaying or printing 
a list of all the rooms, with their codes, status and bookings 
taken. The printout gives you today's date, and a name to 
the bookings. The screen display doesn't, which is a pity. 
There seems to be no easy way of accessing the date on 
screen, which seems rather an oversight, as a wrong date 
at start of day, or a computer left running overnight could 
cause a lot of problems. 

Finally, there is an option to list rooms vacated that day, 
which is useful for housekeeping. Unfortunately this will 
only print out, does so without prompting for paper, and will 
only work once, so if you had no paper in the printer, you 
are left, as I was, trying to decipher your list from the marks 
left on the roller. 

The next module is for booking and registration. Having 
selected the minimum standard of room required, and when 



34 8000 PLUS January 90 



ON TEST 



and for how long it is required, the program will display, one by 
one, each available room of that standard. If it doesn't find 
one, it will move up to the next standard. A curious glitch here 
is that the room status line isn't cleared each time, so if a 
room that was Available, no problems is followed by a room 
that is Very damp this will be displayed as Very damp, no 
problems. 

Having found a suitable room, the guest is then booked in, 
and their name and details taken. When the guest arrives, 
their name is typed in, and the details of the booking appear 
on the screen. A registration card can be printed, and details 
of alarm calls, special requirements and up to three 
newspapers noted. Various other choices in this module allow 
for alteration, cancellation or confirmation of bookings. 

Guest spot 

The next module, which Cavalier describe as the part that "will 
bring a rosy glow to the cheeks of your accountant", produces 
the bills. As well as keeping track of the room bill, this can 
automatically charge phone calls, newspapers, and, if used 
with DINER, meals to a guest's bill. In addition, other items 
can be added to the bill manually - food and drink, say, if you 
are not using DINER. A not so minor niggle here is that you 
have to work out the VAT on these items manually. Rather 
..ritating that, from a computer. 

The day's departures and alarm calls can be listed to 
screen or printer, and bills and receipts printed out. Finally, a 
summary of the days receipts can be produced, with details of 
who paid how much and by what means. As with the list of 
vacated rooms, this goes to the printer only, without warning, 
and can only be done once. 

Other modules of the system include telephone call 
logging, a complete newspaper ordering and billing system, 
and finally, a guest database, useful for sending mailshots, or 



possibly reassigning a guest to a favourite room. This again 
contains a rather sinister Fawltyism - Delete old guest. 

In all, the package seems efficient, well thought out, and 
easy to use. There is no direct way of seeing a day's 
bookings, which seems rather an oversight, as it would be 
very useful in terms of housekeeping to know how many 
guests were expected on any one day. There are a number of 
minor and not so minor bugs, such as those mentioned 
above, error messages that don't clear when they should, and 
the need sometimes to delete invisible numbers when a 
mistake has been made. Let us hope Cavalier will put these 
right, and please, give us a date up on the screen. And 
perhaps an index to the otherwise excellent Manuel?(sic) ■ 



Mind the 
language 

Observant readers will have 
noticed the phrase "loading 
BASIC" in the opening 
paragraph, and yes, the 
programs are written in 
Mallard Basic. This is one in 
the eye for programming 
snobs who wouldn't be seen 
dead using anything less 
esoteric than C, as the result 
is extremely professional. 





Hotel amends the features and details of a specific room, in this case room 3. 

I 



THE SECOND OPINION 



When it comes to hotels, it's clear that Martin 
Barnes from Poole knows exactly what he's 
talking about. Former student of the exclusive 
Lausanne Ecole des. Hoteliers, he is currently 
preparing himself for a major, once-in-a- 
lifetime purchase: a twenty-five bedroomed 
hotel in Bournemouth. 

It looks set to be an unqualified success. 
As well as having spent eight years working 
in various hotels dotted around London's 
West End, he has, in his time, helped set 
up and run both a commercially-operated 
hotel in Bermuda and a private American 
university in Strasbourg. 
Following his return to more inhospitable climes, he became the Hotel Catering 
Course Director at Bournemouth Management College - a post he still holds and obviously 
enjoys. He finds that his PCW 851 2, which he has been using for the past four years, 
combined with Cavalier Software's Hotel, provides one of the most valuable teaching aides 
that he has at his disposal. 

User-friendly package 

Tve used a number ot hotel catering packages with my students in the past,' explains 
Martin. 'The trouble is that they tend to be so needlessly and hopelessly complex, that my 
students tend to become both disheartened and disinterested very quickly. The beauty of 
Hotel is that I can use it to simulate some quite interesting and complex business games for 
them to play around with. And the program is neither so sophisticated nor inflexible that 
they can't successfully compact what would probably amount to 24 hours' theory into half 
an hour's practice.' 

Martin is certainly anxious to praise Hotel's flexibility. 'The hotel business is all about 
human beings - selling them a commodity and interacting with them throughout the 
course of that transaction. Human beings are, by their very nature, unpredictable; 
they're always changing their minds. This is something that a good hotel manager must 
always bear in mind. 

Hotel is a fast, friendly - and above all - very adaptable program. You don't need to 
know everything there is to know about hotels before you can get the program up and 
running successfully on your PCW.' 



Hot-line help 

Martin is particularly impressed with the back-up that he's received from Cavalier 
Software in the form of accompanying documentation and hot-line help. 'On a number 
of occasions I have left questions on Bill Week's answering machine and he's got back 
to me almost immediately. The manual is very well written. One thing that I particularly 
like about it is that it advises you to start using Hotel with just a corner of your business 
and to slowly commit more and more data to the program as you go along. It's very 
sound advice.' 

We asked Martin if there were any ways in which he felt the program could be 
improved. His main concern seemed to be that there was no straightforward way of 
changing a guest's room number other than re-registering his or her arrival. The same 
is true of trade accounts (business guests who refer the bill to their company). 'You must 
find out at the beginning if the guest or the company is paying the bill because there's no 
way to suddenly change to a trade account while the guest is checking out.' 

Martin also told us that British hotel guests can be divided into two groups: British 
passport holders and non-British passport holders. When booking into a hotel, the 
former are legally required to submit their names and addresses only, despite the fact that 
most hotels and bed and breakfast places nearly always insist on them leaving their 
signatures as well. 

The latter, meanwhile, are legally required to state where their passports were 
issued, where they are going, how long they will be staying at the hotel and, finally, their 
passport numbers. These details haven't been included in the package,' points out 
Martin. The registration card asks simply for each guest's name and address - which 
isn't legally correct.' 

Cavalier actually say that Hotel has been written specifically with small- to 
medium-sized hotels in mind. Martin feels, however, that it is the turnover rather than 
the size of the hotel that is the most important issue. 'If you've got a particularly busy 
reception desk, it's going to be difficult seeing to more than one guest at the same 
time. The answer might lie in having more than one networked computer on the desk 
at any one time.' 

Martin was particularly impressed with the quality of Hotel's printout - especially the 
bills. 'You can set the program up so that it automatically inserts the name of your hotel; the 
printouts are neat, well laid-out and legible.' 

Martin is now busy preparing himself and his family for the new venture which will start 
on New Year's Day if everything runs according to plan. One thing he's adamant about: his 
PCW 851 2 and Cavalier Software's 'Hotel' will be with him every step of the way! ■ 

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Brian Holley is a local government officer who has been 
setting up and managing databases for the last eight years. 

Having accumulated a significant store of CP/M and MS- 
DOS-based knowledge over the years, he became a proud 
owner of a PCW 8256 in 1987. 



've discovered that there's no such 
thing as a 'computer expert.' Oh 
yes, there are people who have 
expertise with computers, but 
that's not quite the same thing. Ask a 
systems analyst, for example, something 
about programming and this 'expert' will 
invariably look to the floor, start shaking 
his head and mutter something about it 
being 'Donkeys years since I touched 
any coding', and refer you to some 
preoccupied introvert down the corridor. 
Putting a question about hardware to a 
programmer results in a journey to a guy 
wearing tee-shirt and jeans who jabbers 
on enthusiastically about blitters and 
transputers and who finally leaves me 
fumbling for my pocket computer guide 
and thinking that perhaps I failed to 
graduate from kindergarten. 

I recently had cause to phone 
Amstrad concerning a hardware problem 
I'd come up against. A pleasant- 
sounding young lady, who clearly didn't know one end of 
a parallel interface from another, took my query. She told 
me that she would have to find an available 'expert' who 
would presumably be able to explain the problem - so 
that she could promptly (I fondly imagined) relay the reply 
back to me. 

Yes, you've guessed it, by the time I got the answer it had 
degenerated into a rather terse and unsympathetic 'You'd be 
better off having a talk to the retailer you bought the machine 
from.' Have you ever tried to extract an intelligible answer 
from any of Messrs Dixon's 'computer experts'? 

Manual exercise 

The problem is that computers have now become so 
complex that no one can know all there is to know. This 
problem is further exacerbated by the fact that those who do 
know some of the answers seem totally incapable of 
successfully communicating them to mortals of average 
intelligence like you and me. In the absence of fully-fledged 
'experts', hapless users are tossed onto the sometimes 
rocky and inhospitable shores of software manuals and 
'user-friendly' packages. 

The realisation is slow and painful. Unwrapping that 
brand new, recently-acquired software package, you turn to 
the first page of the accompanying manual. Your fate, it 
would appear, is firmly sealed. Unlocking the secrets of this 
particular piece of software is going to be a real barrel of 
laughs, involving a long series of protracted nightshifts, 
fuelled only by an intravenous supply of coffee and some 
sturdy matchsticks. 

Of course, the difficulty with a software manual is that it 
is invariably the last job to be completed. Months, even 
years, have been spent slaving over a hot computer by the 
time the boss casually asks 'Ready for release next week?' 
and deals the fatal blow. The programmer, who can't hear 
anything or anyone while her head is buried deep in a 
cathode ray tube, makes some sort of noise that he can only 
interpret as assent. The boss gleefully tells the man from 
marketing to go ahead and the next thing the programmer 



discovers is that she has to work 25 hours a day for a 
fortnight to write the manual. 

There's definitely something to be said for writing the 
manual first. That's not quite as impossible as it might at first 
sound. The first draft of the manual should describe exactly 
how the system is to operate and act as a detailed 
specification for the programmer. It might also ensure that 
the programmer produces a piece of software that is easy to 
use because the instructions make sense. They used to call 
this 'user-friendliness', but I've seen some very odd 
examples of it so I disclaim ownership of the term by placing 
it in quotes. 

People-literate software 

One example of such 'user-friendliness' is the best-selling 
word processor Word Star. If you want to see a fine example 
of persuasive marketing technique at work, take a look at 
how the company sold this package - with such hideously 
unmemorable mneumonics - so successfully to so many 
people. Once you've learnt that [CTRL] (or [ALT])/[J] means 
'help', it is quite difficult to get it out of your system. [ALT]/[Y] 
means 'delete a line' in Word Star; in Protext, however, it 
means change to the other screen. It's easy to sustain 
some quite nasty shocks when switching from Word Star to 
Protext; go to delete a line, and all your work vanishes. 

I have to admit that the first time I used LocoScript, I 
thought it had been named after the mental condition of the 
person who wrote it. Having used many other systems, 
nothing seemed obvious and I was forced to sit down and 
read the manual - something I hate doing. When I am 
introduced to a new piece of software, I like to be able to 
load it and get going without first having to read the m 
anual, no matter how well it has been written. 

I still find LocoScript's drop-down menu system a 
cumbersome one to use. I find myself suffering from 
withdrawal symptoms when I sit, temporarily paralysed at 
the keyboard, unable to simply key in the command I need. 
But I suppose that's the kind of immediacy I prefer from a 
word processor. Having said that, LocoScript 2 is a big 
improvement on its predecessor with its accelerated screen 
scrolling. It remains a powerful word processor by anyone's 
standards and is accompanied - to boot - by a highly 
proficient user guide. 

Needless to say, limitations are placed on the 'user- 
friendliness' of a given package by the power of the 
machine on which it is run. The PCW's 64K-worth doesn't 
permit a lot of interactive resident software to be packed in 
alongside other programs; once again, most users must 
rely on the written word. One good thing about mediocre 
manuals is that they provoke a spate of 'How to ...' books 
that enable the more innovative computer journalist to earn 
an honest crust. 

The answer seems to lie in helping yourself wherever 
possible. The PCW, unlike some other machines whose 
technical architecture seems to be changing almost daily, 
has enjoyed a long period of consolidation. Little by little, 
therefore, it should be possible to build up an ever- 
increasing store of knowledge that concentrates on 
particular aspects of the machine and software that 
interest you most. Before too long, you will be hailed as 
a PCW 'expert' - in your own right. ■ 



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DOCTO [J LARGE 

As well as a full day's work, Dave Smith has been running his data 
recovery service for three years now. Tim Smith went along for a checkup 




Smith is not a 



ut definitely a man whose 'phone number every diligent 
■ especially on that emerqency services list! 



rv ave Smith is a civil servant by day and software 

saviour to countless PCW owners by night - and the 
occasional weekend. His extracurricular line of 
mJ business is an unusual one; not only does he 
regularly cast himself down among the bits and bytes of 
corrupted discs to save valuable data that is stored on them, 
he donates any profits that he makes in the process to a 
charity called BACUP, the British Association of Cancer 
United Patients. His data recovery service was registered a 
limited company earlier this year when it enlisted the 
practical help and moral support of regular 8000 Plus DTP 
contributor and expert, Dave Axford. We went to London to 
talk to Dave Smith and find out a little more about the 
unique service that he offers. 

8000 Plus: Dave, first off thanks for sparing us your time. Is 
there any reason why you chose BACUP as the charity your 
data recovery service would support? 

Dave: Well, the whole thing started off years ago in an 
attempt to win some Tipoffs prize money. Everybody kept 
writing in about missing address marks, the reason being 
that they had not done a warm boot in CP/M - they hadn't 
pressed [STOP] or [ALT]+[C] after changing a disc. 

But there also seemed to be more errors occurring than 
could be accounted for by this. One day a guy upstairs from 
my office brought me a disc with a missing address mark. I'd 
bought a few disc editors like Knife and I had a lot of public 
domain programs. So I had a go at this disc. 

I saw exactly what had happened - and fixed it. He said 
that he'd like to give me some money and I said, 'No way; I 
do this kind of thing for fun.' So I said to a chap who worked 
for me at that time, 'Look, I don't want to take money for 
this. What sort of charity could I send it to instead?' 

It could have been anyone. He suggested BACUP 
which, as you know, is apposite to backing up discs. That's 
how it started. I rang them up and asked them to send my 
details to people. They said fine and ran an article about it. 
The whole BACUP thing originated as a rather bad pun. 

8000 Plus: What kind of computing background do you 
have? 



Dave: Not much really - well, not as far as micros are 
concerned. About twenty years ago, I worked on some of 
the few mainframes which were around at the time. My 
very first job was on one where you booked it for an hour, 
sat down and literally flipped switches; you drove it. We 
worked in machine code, which I'm not very good at, or 
they used autocodes, which were completely trivial 
compared to what you get in a programmable calculator 
nowadays - let alone a PCW. 

So a lot of programs I worked on concerned data 
transfer: getting data from magnetic tape to a computer and 
then from a computer to a different kind of mag' tape. 

The next machine I encountered was the RML380Z. We 
were always hacking programs in order to make them look 
prettier on screen. I used DDT (Dynamic Debugging Tool) 
which is SID now. But I always vowed never to buy a home 
computer; that was until I saw the PCW in Dixons. I took two 
hours to suss it out and thought, 'This is fantastic; disc drive, 
monitor, everything I've been waiting for in one package.' So 
I bought it there and then. 

8000 Plus: And what did you do with it? 

Dave: The first thing I did was to tailor some of the 
programs I'd written on the RML380Z to run on the PCW. In 
fact, I have Fortran programs running on it now. As I said, I 
had already bought a few disc editors in order to change 
programs more easily than DDT or SID. 

One of the weaknesses with the programs I had before 
was that none of them had facilities to copy damaged discs. 
The first one on the market to be able to do that was Knife. 

8000 Plus: Changing the subject slightly, you do a full day's 
work in London, commuting in every day from Paddock 
Wood in Kent. Where does the time come from? 

Dave: Out of the family's time, and it does cause some 
pressure. There are some times in the year when we get no 
discs and other times when we receive twenty five a week. 
When I get this many, I often have to work forty hours a 
week on data salvage. I reckon that a disc nowadays will 
take about an hour, an hour and a half. But that's in addition 
to all the paperwork. 

What's happened since we set up the company is that 
Sue, my wife, does the books. And because it's a limited 
company, these have to be done properly. She also does all 
of the office work - answering the phone and everything. 
That has taken a tremendous load off. But I still spend 
anywhere between one and three hours an evening and one 
out of two weekend evenings on Dave's Disc Doctor 
Service. It has got easier over the last few months since 
Dave Axford took half the load. 

8000 Plus: Yes, tell us about your teaming up with Dave 
Axford. 

Dave: Dave had written to me previously offering his 
services, but at that time it wasn't feasible due to the 
distances involved. But eventually it was getting so hectic 
that he joined in. Dave enjoys the business; he doesn't want 
to charge. He's got the same attitude as me. We make 
money for charity. T^s 



Please call us 

Dave Smith and Dave 
Axford are always pleased 
to help, but they are also 
very busy. If you have just 
seen your last four months' 
work seemingly disappear, 
and you haven't taken a 
back-up or two, you should 
phone first Dave Smith on 
089238 5974 then Dave 
Axford on 0428 56438. 
Remember, they don't 
charge if they fail to retrieve 
anything but any money 
they do make goes straight 
to charity. 



January 90 8000 PLUS 39 



INTERVIEW 



Browned off 

A brownout is not quite as 
disgusting as it sounds. It is 
actually a slightly less violent 
version of an electrical black- 
out. Cities can, and in America 
and Japan often do, suffer 
from brownouts wherein parts 
rather than the whole 
metropolis are plunged into 
electric toothbrushless panic. 



8000 Plus: So how is the company doing? 

Dave: The aim was to make £10,000 in a financial year. This 
first year we didn't start trading until April so I think we'll 
probably make around £8000 plus. We might even have 
made more had a few people paid up when they were 
supposed to. Invoice number 3 is still outstanding and 
they're not a small outfit. 

8000 Plus: And they know who they are. Passing quickly 
on, what kind of recovery won 't you do ? 

Dave: I never salvage programs. Well I've done one BASIC 
program which was really a listing in compressed form. So I 
had to work out how the compression worked. But generally 
I never patch a program. 

8000 Plus: There seems to be quite a sub-culture 
deve'oping now in terms of data recovery. How do you feel 
about that and the fact that some people might not really be 
that expert in what they are doing? 

Dave: I don't know whether it's a sub-culture. I think it's 
more part of the general intellectual satisfaction that comes 
from the machine. It's basically extremely interesting and 
challenging. It's also great fun and very addictive. And I think 
that's why a lot of these people have started up. They've 
done a disc for a neighbour or friend and it worked. They 
think, 'Great. Fantastic' Because you do get this 
tremendous sense of elation. Then all of a sudden you get a 
dozen discs which you don't know the first thing about. 

That's where I worry; when you offer a service, I think you 
have to do it on the basis of professional competence. I'm not 
technically qualified to write many machine code programs 
which we use. I have to rely on other people like this guy I 

8000 Plus: To get back to basics now, how many discs do 
you think you handle a year? 

Dave: Well, between ten and twenty a week is an average 



but there are some times in a year when there are twenty 
five a week and others when when you think the phone has 
been disconnected. 

It really is very volatile, and I'm not sure why. There are 
times in the year, especially after the summer holiday 
season, when for some reason we get masses of discs in. 
It's happened two years running and for months it goes mad. 

8000 Plus: Might this be to do with spikes. More electricity 
being used? 

Dave: My experience is that it's not the spikes but the 
brownouts which cause the problems. Or it's much more 
likely that when you come back from holiday you do things 
wrong or even that someone else has been messing around 
with your discs. 

There was a suggestion in one of the papers that there 
were exceptionally high sunspots this last year. It's alleged 
that this caused problems with machines in the States and it 
did coincide with our busy time. 

8000 Plus: What advice would you have for the person who 
has just bought their PCW and new box of discs ? 

Dave: Well firstly, buying cheap discs is no real saving. In 
my experience, the good ones are those which have a 
number inscribed on the right of the disc case above the 
label. Also if they have black casings and criss-crossed 
markings, they're usually goodquality discs. 

The main problems we have are with the plain plastic 
discs with no markings or inscriptions. Some early discs 
really were only meant for A: drives and caused a lot of 
problems the closer you got to the centre; tracks 141, 1 43, 
145, and up were a real problem. 

A good tip te that people should Verify discs. Verify just 
isn't used enough in Disckit. I often find that you Format a 
disc, assume that it's fine, then Verify it and it fails. 

8000 Plus: What's the daftest disc you've ever seen? 



A word to 
the wise 



This sheet of paper will accompany the discs which are successfully dealt 
with. You might do well to take note of the pointers in section four. 
Remember never ever turn a B drive disc over as the machine looks at both 
sides automatically. Also, discs, like the rest of us, get old. Unlike the rest of 
us, they can be duplicated by backing them up regularly. 





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1 . Full recovery 


1 . 


Mistake in copying: 






a. Source disk overwritten as destination disk 


2. 


Almost complete recovery 








b. Partial copy only onto new/old disk 


3. 


Limited recovery only 








c. 720k disk partially copied onto reverse 


4. 


Files recovered but names lost 








d. Other: 


5. 


Damaged files patched/repaired 






2. 


Formatting error: 


6. 


Remnants of data collated into files 








a. 180k disk reformatted on rear as 720k 


7. 


Some/all data/ files lost 








b. 180k disk reformatted on front as 720k 


8. 


Other: 








c. 720k disk reformatted on rear as 720k 












d. 720k disk reformatted on front as 180k 

e. 720k disk reformatted on rear as 180k 

f. Reformatted by mistake 

g. Other: 












4. User Action Required: 




1 . 
2. 


Have hardware checked out immediately 


Use higher quality disks 




3. 


Disk sector errors: 

a. In system/directory/data areas 


3. 


Use write-protect tabs when making 
backup copy 








b. Limited loss 


4. 


Make another backup copy NOW 








c . Extensive loss 


5. 


Check integrity of power supply 








d. Physical damage observed on disk 


6. 


Recover and rename important limbos 








e. Other: 


7. 


DO NOT turn 720k format disks over 






4. 


File error: 


8. 


DO NOT try to mix 180k & 720k formats 








a. Editing file too large for disk 


9. 


Make room for editing by erasing any 








b. Non- contiguous file extents/page code errors 




unwanted files or copying to new disk 








c. Other: 


10. 


Print/examine recovered FILE. 001 etc. 






5. 


Files erased: 




Edit, rename or erase as appropriate 






6. 


Program bug: 


11 . 


As 10 for residues in ODDS. 001 etc 






7. 


Disk of inadequate quality for drive 


12. 


Create new files and import ODDS. 001 






8. 


Other error: 


13. 


etc with INSERT TEXT option. Edit, 
rename or erase as appropriate 
Keep files smaller 














2 . Treatment : 


14. 


Upgrade software to latest version 






1 . 


Old disk repaired/left as it was 


15. 


Run specialist software on recovered 






2. 


Hew copy of disk made 




files: 






3. 


Salvage undertaken 


16: 


Institute proper backing-up regime 






4. 


Files unerased/Limbo copies of files recovered 


17: 


Recycle disks more frequently 






5. 


Other: 


18: 


Other: 





























Dave: There was one that had been 
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still managed to get the information 
from it. 

8000 Plus: Finally Dave, what would 
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What I really would like to see is 
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8000 Plus: So support your local user 
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Dave: There's no point in trying to fix 
a corrupt disc if you don't know how a 
normal one works. So, it might be a 
good idea to get hold of something 
like PCW Toolkit from Moonstone and 
spend some time really getting to 
know how a disc works. Above all, if 
you are thinking of experimenting, 
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SPEECH SYNTHESISER 

£35 +VAT« SM Engineering* (0323) 766262 

Speech synthesis on the PCW? Unlike many other home 
micros, the PCW has a very limited sound chip, limited to a 
single beeping tone. While this could conceivably be of use 
to a speaker of Silbo - the whistled language used in some 
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Speech is a very complex mixture of sounds, with pitch and 
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using a traditional sound chip is extremely difficult. So it isn't 
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One such chip is the SP0256AL2 from General 
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The present Speech Synthesiser module is a 
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The Speech Synthesiser now comes in a compact steel 
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printer. This means that programming it is now as simple as 
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The Speech Synthesiser still isn't completely self 
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The way the Speech Synthesiser works is extremely 
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63 to the printer port. If you're using Basic then it really is as 
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the allophone number to the printer port address and then 
send a strobe signal. This just tells the speech module that 
the data on the lines is valid. The speech module then sets 
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processes the allophone code. When it finishes, it clears the 
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Printers work in exactly the same way. 

If all this sounds complicated, don't worry - it isn't. 
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Alongside the list of allophones are example words in which 
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BEHIND THE SCREENS 

Ever wanted to know exactly how CP/M uses your PCW's memory chips? 
In the first of a new series, Richard Cox makes a fantastic voyage and reveals all 



One of the appealing characteristics of the PCW range 
of computers is the large amount of memory which 
they possess. Amstrad display this fact for our 
attention in the very names of the machines - the 
PCW8256 has 256k of memory, whereas the 8512 and 9512 
have 512k each. If you know what 'k' means then ignore the 
next paragraph. 

If you are under the impression that 'k' has something to 
do with 'kilo' then you're right; but the connection is a bit of a 
cheat because 1 k is 1 ,024 bytes, whereas one kilobyte, to be 
precise, would be 1 ,000 bytes. However, kilobytes is 
convenient, so kilobytes it is, and we get an extra 24 bytes 
free. 256k is 262,144 bytes of memory, 512k is 524,288. (1 
byte is the basic unit of memory for this range of computers, 
and corresponds roughly to 1 character of text, or 1 number 
between and 255.) 

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memory power at their disposal for both the manipulation of 
text and for numeric calculation. This series of articles is 
about the way memory is used by the PCWs: how some of it 
is organized by CP/M, how a large part is configured to make 
drive M, and how the screen memory can be used to create 
graphics effects. 




Address Bus 





Address Bus 




When the CPU writes to, or reads from, the memory, the address of the correct byte is needed. The address is sent to the memory chips along 16 tiny 

wires (the Address Bus), coded as a set of electrical impulses; this activates the correct byte of memory, which then sends its current value to the CPU 

along another set of 8 wires (the Data Bus). When writing to a memory byte the value is sent along the data bus in the opposite direction. 



Whichever PCW you possess, it will contain a certain number 
of silicon RAM chips (RAM means Random Access Memory 
or, more meaningfully, Read & Alter Memory). Each of these 
chips is capable of storing 16k of information. 

Memory blocks 

These memory chips are vital to the function of the 
computer. The Z80 CPU - Central Processing Unit, the brain 
of the PCW - would be able to accomplish very little without 
them, since it expects to find its program instructions in 
them. They also act as a data store for all but the smallest 
of operations. 

Since the data scurrying about inside the computer 
actually consists of electric currents, every byte in the store 
of memory used by the CPU will need from time to time to 
be connected to it electrically; not all at the same time 
though, otherwise, writing a value of say 33 to one byte 
might set all the bytes in memory to 33, with most 
undesirable consequences. 

Evidently, there is a need to isolate individual bytes as 
they are required. This is done by a technique known as 
addressing, which simply means that each byte is called by a 
number, its address. So, every byte has two numbers 
associated with it: the value it 
contains, which may change now and 
then, and its address, which remains 
the same. 

When the CPU writes to, or reads 
from, the memory, the address of the 
correct byte is needed. See in 
diagram one how a byte is read: the 
address is sent to the memory chips 
along 16 tiny wires (the Address Bus), 
coded as a set of electrical impulses; 
this activates the correct byte of 
memory, which then sends its current 
value to the CPU along another set 
of 8 wires (the Data Bus). When 
writing to a memory byte the value 
is sent along the data bus in the 
opposite direction. 



What's on the bus? 

How is the correct memory byte 
'activated' though? Remember the 
address bus has 16 wires. Inside a 
digital computer (e.g. yours) such 
wires usually carry one of two 
voltages, high and low. 

With 16 wires there are 65,536 
possible combinations of high & 
low voltages, and, since each 
combination refers to a different 
byte of memory, the CPU can activate 
up to 65,536 bytes of memory, i.e. 
64k, or 4 of the 1 6k RAM chips. By 
convention, we refer to values of 
and 1 instead of low & high voltages, 



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Chip 87 1 


Chip 86 1 


Chip 85 1 


Chip 84 1 





The aewry chips 

during a pr ograi 

run. Notice the 

operating systen 

chips waiting in 

the nings until the 

progran calls then 

to action. 



The progran calls 

the operating 
systen; the ranory 
chips are shifted-) 
ahout so that it . 
can do the job. 



Chip 87 I 



Chip 83 1 - i | Chip 86 





The job is finished 

so the nenorg 

chips are 

restored. All of 

this usually 

happens in the 

hint of a fraction 

of a split second. 



But how can this work with the majority 
of the OS inaccessible? Imagine this: you 
have 7 memory chips in your hand. On the 
circuit board of the computer are four 
sockets, and you fit a chip in each one. 
These are the 64k bytes of memory we 
have been talking about, and they contain a 
program which is running. You have 3 chips 
left in your hand. Diagram two gives a basic 
illustration of this. 



The program wants to operate the contact the operating system. You take out the first three chips and 

replace them with the three which contain the operating system (leave one for communications). The 

operating system code is now available to the Z80 CPU and is executed until the job is done; then you have 

to replace the chips you just took out so that the main program can continue. 



so instead of 16 wires, think of 16 digits (Binary diglTs - 
hence BITs). 

So, addresses exist internally as 16 bit binary numbers - 
in this form they are easy to decode electronically so that the 
activating signal is sent to the correct byte. 

The operating system is the program which controls the 
basic functions of the PCW. (The operating system will be 
mentioned often now, so we will abbreviate it to OS.) A large 
part of it consists of 1 ,001 basic routines needed by 
programs to communicate with the disc drives and console. 

When you run a program by typing its name at the A> or 
B> prompt you are issuing a command to the OS, i.e. 'Please 
run this program'. The OS then loads the program into 
memory from disc. Control is now transferred to the program 
and the OS retreats until the program wants to use one of its 
routines. When that routine has been successfully accessed, 
control is again returned to the program and the OS retreats 
once more into the background. 

When the program comes to an end, it tells the OS, 
which then displays the A> or B> prompt and waits for you to 
say what to do next. 

Since the Z-80 CPU can only activate the first 64k bytes 
of memory, it is not helpful to have lots of it used up by the 
OS: some programs need lots of memory if they are to 
operate effectively. 

This problem is solved by placing only a small amount 
(about 2/Ek) of the OS in the first 64k bytes and hiding the 
rest of it away in some of the other memory chips - there are 
plenty of them. 



Reaching into the invisible 

Now the program wants to contact the OS. 
You take out the first three chips and 
replace them with the three which contain 
the OS (leave one for communications). 
The OS code is now available to the Z-80 
CPU and is executed until the job is 
done; then you have to replace the chips 
you just took out so that the main program 
can continue. 

This sounds cumbersome, and would 
only work if memory chips could retain their 
values when unplugged, which they can't. 
The PCW, however, has a way of juggling 
the chips around without unplugging them 
physically. To do this, four special output 
ports are used. 

An output port is a gateway between the 
CPU and the outside world. The PCW has 
256 of them, and they are numbered from 
to OFFH (hexadecimal for 255). 

For the memory chip switching, four 
output ports are used, corresponding to our 
four imaginary sockets on the circuit board. 
To 'plug in' a different chip into a particular 
socket, you simply choose the correct port 
and send to it the number of the chip you 
wish to plug in. Each port has a buffer 
which 'remembers' the chip number most 
recently sent to it and this information 
becomes important when the CPU accesses a memory byte. 

This circuit works out the answer to two questions: (1 ) 
which quarter of the 64k does the required address belong in 
(e.g. address 4099 is in the second quarter)? and (2) which 
memory chip is currently 'switched in' to that quarter (the 
number of the chip will be in the corresponding output port 
buffer)? Communication is established between the correct 
chip and the CPU and the operation is carried out. 

Let's go back now to the moment when the program calls 
the OS. Control is first transferred to the part of the OS which 
is accessible - it is in the very top of the 64k bytes. The OS 
chips are switched in by sending their numbers to the output 
ports. The desired OS function is performed and then the 
original memory chips are 'replaced' so that the program 
can continue. 

Of course, the OS memory must be switched into 
place every time it is used by the program. However, the 
switching time penalty involved is quite small, and the 
average program uses routines within itself far, far more often 
than it uses the OS. 

Drive M: and the screen 

There is a great deal of memory still unaccounted for; some 
is used to store the screen display and character set and 
the rest is used for drive M. Next month we will be describing 
layouts, looking at which output ports are used for memory 
switching and how programmers can use them to 
communicate directly with drive M. ■ 



DIY Note 

There's virtually nothing you 
can do to prevent a memory 
fault developing. More often 
than not, unexpected 
electricity surges and shoddy 
workmanship at grass roots 
level are to blame. The good 
news is that it is possible to 
rebuild your PCW's memory 
yourself; memory chips cost 
no more than a couple of quid 
each and if you've a steady 
hand and a good eye for 
detail, it's not too difficult to 
clip the new chips into place 
on the main circuit board. It's 
a good job too. Memory 
repairs undertaken by 
maintenance houses tend to 
be very expensive. 



How big? 

Amegabyte(1MB)is1024 
kilobytes (1024K); a kilobyte 
(1k) is 1024 bytes and a 
byte represents roughly one 
character. Memory 
expansion packs or boards 
currently in existence - like 
Isenstein's and the one from 
SCA (see News Plus) - 
consist of 51 2K, This is the 
equvalent of having another 
8512 added to your 
machine. In real terms 
(ie.once you have software 
running), you will be lefl with 
880K on the 512K machines 
to play around with and 
624Konthe8256. 



Januarys 8000 PLUS 45 



FEATURE 



Who needs 
WIMPs? 

Desktop publishing 
packages often rely quite 
heavily on what is known as 
a WIMP environment. WIMP 
stands for Windows, Icons, 
Mouse and Pointers, 
Windows are areas on the 
screen in which you can 
work - either for creating 
text or graphics. It's usually 
possible to have a number 
of windows open on the 
screen at the same time - 
like The Desktop Publisher. 

Icons, on the other 
hand, are small pictures 
which represent a particular 
facility or item. When these 
icons are pointed at, using a 
mouse or light pen, for 
example, the facility is 
'activated'. Icon-driven 
systems are faster because 
they make recognition of an 
item instant. WIMPs 
heighten the friendliness of 
a program; just point to what 
you want and away you go. 



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THE IMAGE 
MAKERS 

Which DTP package has what you want? Sharon Bradley, Tim 
Smith and a few 8000 Plus readers take a tour of the options 




he program always hoi 
'namely, preparing politica 1 



THE DESKTOP PUBLISHER 

£29.95* Database Software • 0625 878888 

At just under £30, The Desktop 
Publisher is one of the most 
inexpensive DTP programs 
around. Good news for your 
pocket, but what about your 
pages? This program is 
probably better at helping you 
produce simple one-page 
handouts than longer multi-page 
documents; it's not particularly 
good at carrying text smoothly 
from one page to another. 

To get the most out of the 
program's page editor - the 
principal screen of the program 
- you need to be rather organised as it's here that you decide 
how your page is to be divided between graphics and text. 
You place a number of windows onto the naked page - 
graphics windows or text windows depending on the page's 
eventual contents. Each window is saved as a file in which are 
stored both its dimensions and contents, whether words or an 
image. The position that these windows will eventually occupy 
on the page isn't, at this stage, fixed. A page preview option 

later on will allow you to move 
them around before finally 
printing out the finished page. 
The windows are filled using 
the program's graphics and 
text editors. 

Chris Jenkins, from 
Garstang in Lancashire, has 
been using The Desktop 
Publisher, for almost two 
years. He reckons that the 
page editor is probably the 
least successful part of the 
whole program even though its 
role is an important one. 1 feel 
that a template option which 
would repeatedly allow you to 
create pages on the same 
design would have been a very 
useful facility. The good news 
is that existing window files 
can be repeatedly added to a 
page to produce a number of 
equally-sized graphics or text 
boxes.' 

Says Chris: 'I prefer to type 
text directly into the text editor 




than import Ascii files. Importing is easy, but takes a lot of time 
and offers no advantages unless the text you're importing was 
written at a much earlier stage and not specifically for the page 
you are now creating.' 

A text window must stick to the same-sized text throughout. 
All the usual style changes of bold, italic, subscript, superscript 
and so on are, however, permitted. The Desktop Publisher i 
generally prides itself on its WYSIWYG (What You See Is What ^ 
You Get) facility, but, points out Chris, 'sometimes you can 
change a couple of lines of text that you've already written into 
italics and the program will appear not to have followed your 
instructions.' 

Having decided on the dimensions of your text window you 
must, as far as possible, write to fill it. The graphics windows 
work in exactly the same way. Once you've decided on the size 
of the window at the page editor, you now have to find an image 
to put in it. Images from the program's supply of clip-art can be 
introduced into these boxes; so can illustrations from digitisers 
and scanners. 'Although,' says Chris, 'I find the graphics editor 
the most enjoyable of the program, there are still a number of 
things I'm not happy with. You can't, for example, move items 
around on their axes or alter their sizes particularly easily. When 
pasting, you can't see exactly what you're pasting - which is 
essential if you want to get the size right.' 

The program also treats headline fonts as graphics with 
each letter occupying its own box. Make it more than 8 pixels 
high, however, and the characters will display unsightly stepped 
diagonal edges. Getting the headline to fit into the space that is 
available for it is largely a question of trial and error requiring 
several hair-pulling attempts. It's not easy. 

The Desktop Publisher is very cheap; this economy shows 
in its lack of proportional spacing and its inability to easily flow 
text across a number of pages. Concludes Chris: 'The program 
always holds its own in the uses to which I put it - namely 
preparing political community newsletters and cheap advertising 
copy. You'd be better off thinking of it as a game rather than your 
opportunity to become Bob Maxwell!' The Desktop Publisher 
works with AMX, Kempston and Electric Studio mice. ■ 



THE DESKTOP PUBLISHER 



s own in the uses to which I put it, says Chn: 
community newsletters and cheap ad copy.' 

I I 



PLUSES 



Very cheap 

Page design must be 

organised at start 

Good text editor 

15 versatile fonts supplied 

with program 



MINUSES 

Headlines very difficult 

to manage 
~ Documentation could 

be better 
"■ No proportional spacing 

or 15 pitch 



PERFORMANCE 4/5 RANGE OF FEATURES 4/5 
EASE OF USE 3/5 DOCUMENTATION 2/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 13/20 



46 8000 PLUS January 90 



FEATURE 



Making the decision to go ahead and expand your PCW's 
horizons a little is usually a fairly sound and commendable 
step. But temporarily deserting the warm security of the by 
now familiar haven of word processing to venture into the 
uncharted realms beyond can be a bewildering affair. This is 
particularly true of the world of desktop publishing where so 
many different ways of making improvements to computer- 
produced output are on offer. Promises of skillfully 
engineered pages on which words and images are perfectly 
blended can also at times intimidate rather than encourage 
the novice dabbler. Confronted with the evidence, he or she 
mistakenly arrives at the conclusion that output as smart as 
that can only be the work of real professionals with big 
expensive machines. It doesn't have to be like that. 
We're living in a world where the presentation of 
information is as important as the information itself. The 
written word is still one of the most popular and effective 
means of communicating information between people. 



Desktop publishing packages simply provide you with the 
means of making that output more attractive by increasing its 
visual impact. And this comes from introducing onto the page 
a combination of illustrative back-up, imaginative fonts and 
structured text. The DTP approach ensures that the message 
you're trying to put across gets the attention it deserves. 

As you will see throughout this article, there are a 
number of desktop publishing programs available for the 
PCW. As will also become clear, they don't all do the same 
thing. Which package you choose is likely to depend on your 
application. Some programs put the emphasis on graphics 
when making up a page; others consider text-handling more 
important. All these packages work with or without a mouse, 
although operating such potentially versatile programs from 
the keyboard alone holds little appeal - like dancing Swan 
Lake with a pair of Wellington boots on; you just don't develop 
a 'feel' for the exercise. This will be something else to 
consider when making your final choice. ■ 



WYSI-What? 

Users of desktop publishing 
programs often haven't got 
time to wait for a printout of 
every page that they create 
so that they can check that 
everything is as it should be. 
Most desktop publishing 
programs have, therefore, 
what is known as WYSIWYG 
-What You See Is What You 
Get. Put simply, this means 
that the screen at which 
you're working will show you 
an accurate representation 
of the effects you are 
creating - with typefaces, 
images and so on - so that 
you don't have to wait until 
printout to see the results. 




Christopher Derricot 



NEWSDESK INTERNATIONAL 

£25 (£50 with Light Pen) • The Electric Studio 

• 0462 420222 

Newsdesk International has 
been with the PCW from very 
early on. Not to be outdone by 
its growing number of rivals, it 
has managed to stand its 
ground. 8000 Plus reader and 
desktop publishing baron 
Christopher Derricott bought his 
PCW 8256 together with 
Newsdesk International in order 
to produce advertising handouts 
and price lists for his wine 
business. 

Newsdesk International 
works on a pull-down menu 
system. Choices are made using the cursor keys and hitting the 
space bar to go into action. If you use a mouse, getting around 
the system becomes slightly faster. It really depends on your 
feel for computer rodents. The mouse comes into its own with 
the freehand drawing facilities. It is far easier to create flowing 
curves with this than it is with the cursor keys which are only 
really any good for drawing along the vertical and horizontal. 

Christopher's initial problems with Newsdesk International 
concerned a manual which ' ... arrived with pages that were 
firstly in the wrong order and secondly, unnumbered.' More 
recent versions of the manual have dealt with this glaring 
shortcoming which is hardly conducive to successful mastery of 
the program, but they still lack an index. The other major gripe,' 
says Christopher, 'was that importing Ascii files from word 
processors was underdocumented.' This, however, would still 
appear to be the case. 

Art editor 

Where Newsdesk International does look strong, however, is in 
its graphics capabilities and the amount of supporting software 
available for it in the form of snip art and additional fonts. 

It offers a freehand drawing facility with pen, brush or spray 
can all of which can be used either with a mouse or from the 
keyboard. Each of these can be changed to give different 
thicknesses of line. Drawings done without the help of the 
Electric Studio mouse (which, incidentally, the company are no 
longer manufacturing) can appear rather stilted and unnatural 
with a distinct lack of curves. If, however, you require 
straightforward no-nonsense printouts, then Newsdesk 
International is more than competitively priced. 

The available snip art is plentiful but does tend to be in the 
nature of cartoons. You are given the ability to resize any 
graphic which is loaded into the system by grabbing the top left 
corner and either pushing or pulling. The Examine area allows 



you to check out any piece of 
snip art before committing it to 
your page. 



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Wines 



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Fonts scoring 

There are also quite a few 
additional fonts available. If you 
would prefer to design your own 
serifs, san serifs and weirdo 
space cadet typefaces, then this 
option is also available to you. 

Text handling itself is carried 
out directly from the keyboard 
onto the screen or from the 
keyboard into the 'mini-editor' 
which is similar in spirit to Micro 
Design's. You can also import 
files, although as Christopher 
has pointed out, this is not the 
easiest job in the world. 

Text boxes on screen can 
be resized and ordered around 
your quite expansive working 
area. The only real proviso here 
is that flowing text into the 
columns needs a deal of 
practice before it is mastered. 

According to Christopher, "You set windows on the page preview 
and it works well. However, there is no easy way to divide the 
page into two or three equal columns; you have to turn on the co- 
ordinate indicator and do it manually. It's very easy to end up with 
columns of different widths." 

Conclusion 

For the price, without a mouse, Newsdesk International is an 
excellent first bridge into the world of desktop publishing. It is 
slow compared to Stop Press and Micro Design II but if you're 
after good quality printouts and a great deal of flexibility, then it 
might be worth a look. ■ 




NEWSDESK INTERNATIONAL 


PLUSES 


MINUSES 


▲ Good graphics handling 


T Difficult to undo mistakes 


A Plenty of additional fonts 


T Skimpy manual with no 


and snip art 


index 


▲ Built-in text mini-editor 


T Slow 


PERFORMANCE 3/5 


RANGE OF FEATURES 3/5 


EASE OF USE 4/5 


DOCUMENTATION 2/5 


8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 1 2/20 



Graphics and text courtesy of Christopher Derricott and Newsdesk International 



Good point 

The size of a type face is 
measured in points. The 
point size of this margin 
note, for example, is 7. The 
height of the type face is 
measured from the top of 
what are called the 
'ascenders' - 1's, 'b's, 'h's 
and 'd's, for example - to the 
bottom of the 'descenders' - 
'p's, 'q's, 'y's and 'g's. 

Leading (pronounced 
ledding'j is another aspect 
of typesize. This is the 
distance, measured in 
points, between the bottom 
of one line of text to the 
bottom of the next line. In 
this margin note, the leading 
is 8 points; in the main body 
copy, it is 10, It's usually a 
good idea td insert a little 
extra space between the 
lines so that the ascenders 
of one line don't fight for 
space with the descenders 
of the line above. 



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FEATURE 



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MICRO DESIGN II 

£59.95 (£99.95 with Kempston mouse) • 
Creative Technology • 0889 567160 

The arrival of Micro Design II saw desktop publishing on the 
PCW move up three gears and fit a turbo charger. Its creators 
call it an integrated page processor which basically means that it 
treats words and graphics as equals. 

Unlike some packages which are supposedly portable' this 
is configured for the PCW. The OPTIONS screen will allow you 
to tailor it even more closely to your needs by asking you things 
like which mouse or word processor (in the case of imported 
files) you will be using. The program is compatible with both 

Kempston and AMX mice which 
means that people with other 
systems don't have to fork out 
extra money. It accepts 
LocoScript files as standard but 
will also deal with Protext files if 
told to. The comprehensive 
manual, complete with index 
and appendices, will take you 
through all this quickly and 
painlessly. 



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mouse is a matter of preference although it does speed up some 
processes such as drawing and undoing. In fact one of Micro 
Design's strongest features is its ability to undo mistakes at the 
click of a button. This allows for much experimentation. 

The other outstanding feature is the text editor. You can 
either type your words directly into it, adding bolds, italics and 
other LocoScriptian frills, or you can tidy up imported text. There 
really is no other package to compete. 

Page layout follows fairly conventional lines, with text and 
graphics boxes being moved around until they fit (of course, a bit 
of advanced planning never hurt anybody.) But once you have 
got your pages looking just right, you will need to print them out. 
Again Micro Design kicks in the nitro and speeds away from the 
competition. Its print capabilities are quite superb. The standard 
printer is made to work like never before. However there is more, 
ifyou're looking for some real class: the system supports 9 and ' 
24 pin printers and even laser printers. 

Creative Technology offer excellent system support for their 
package and are constantly improving it. For printer support 
alone it is streaks ahead of the pack. So, for those PCW users 
who want to produce top quality output with the minimum of fuss 
Micro Design 2 will take some beating. ■ 



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Mice work 

The AMX mouse is a 
three-button rodent which 
comes complete with 
interface and through port. 
It costs £47 and can be 
purchased from Database 
Software on 0625 878888. 
The Kempston Mouse can 
only be bought with other 
Kempston software ( 0234 
841224). The Electric 
Studio mouse is no li 
in production. 



Moving, doing it 

The command structure 
comprises a mixture of menus 
and icons. The first screen you 
will encounter is the Layout 
screen to which you will return in 
order to see how the page as a 
whole is shaping up. Movement 
is achieved with mouse or by 
keyboard input. Again the 






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£49.95 (£79.95 with AMX mouse) • Database 
Software* 0625 878888 

Mark Buckley-Sharp has been using Stop Press since the spring 
of 1988. He uses it to edit and produce the Harrow Camera Club 
and Arts Centre Magazine. 

One of the more impressive aspects of Stop Press is its 
158-page ringbound manual, complete with detailed index. Not 
only will it help the new user get to grips with the system, it also 
includes an Advanced User Guide. This gives details of such 
goodies as perspective effects and kerning. By the afternoon of 
the day following purchase I 
found I could use nearly every 
feature of Stop Press easily," 
comments Mark. 'After that, the 
transition from novice to expert 
takes place very quickly; there 
aren't any blocks to rapid use.' 
One of the first criticisms 
generally levelled at Stop Press 
is its lack of an in-built text 
editor. Because it is such a 
highly graphics-oriented 
package, it treats even 
individual text lines as graphic 
elements. In this, it differs from 
all the other packages we're 
looking at. It will accept imported 
files in Ascii format but text 
manipulation is cumbersome 
and difficult. The textual print 
quality consequently leaves a lot 
to be desired. 

"You can make some 
improvements by using a finer 




MICRO DESIGN II 



PLUSES 

A , Comprehensive manual 
■ Supports 24 pin and 
laser printers 
▲ Excellent text editor 



MINUSES 

T Rather small design screen 



PERFORMANCE 5/5 RANGE OF FEATURES 5/5 
EASE OF USE 5/5 DOCUMENTATION 5/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 20/20 



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font such as Slender for body 
text," suggests Mark. There 
are a number of other tricks to 
be used but there always 
seems to be a rippling 
variation in the character 
heights on different lines." 
Basically, any none graphic 
material is going to suffer at 
the hands of Stop Press and 
this will be particularly 
noticeable on printout. 

Stop Press's drawing 
facilities are superb. The 
normal spray cans, pens, and brushes are available. Importing 
and then customising pictures could not be easier. As each page 
is made up as you go along, you can move boxes around, fitting, 
sizing and re-sizing to your heart's content. 

It is definitely more of a tool for the person who wishes 
to produce interesting designs such as invitations or illustrative 
pages rather than newsletters. An ideal use might be for 
sporting or theatrical programs or price lists where text is kept 
to a minimum. ■ 




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A i Excellent manual 
Good graphics facilities 
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MINUSES 



No built-in text editor 
No access to CP/M 
No file housekeeping (eg 
directory) facilities 



Stop Press is very different from any other DTP package: it has no in-built 
text editor and is a highly graphics-oriented program 

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Way to go 

Designer Stubble is a 
secondary piece of DTP 
software which coaxes the 
newcomer to the delights of 
desktop publishing in the 
ways of successful 
production and publication. 
John Evans, the man 
behind Designer Stubble, is 
aiming to show that 
professional-looking results 
can easily be obtained 
using inexpensive DTP 
software on the Amstrad 
PCW. If you want to know 
what DTP on the PCW can 
do for you, speak to John 
Evans on 0225 315131. 



CADMASTER LIGHTPEN 

£29.95 • Trojan • 0792 205491 

One alternative to using a mouse for DTP work is to plug the 
Cadmaster Light Pen onto the expansion port at the back of 
your PCW. This is a device which looks like a pen and almost 
works like one, except that you use it by applying it to the PCW 
screen instead of a horizontal piece of paper. It sounds fairly 
straightforward in theory; what about in practice? 

The Cadmaster Light Pen is a product of extremes; it's 
brilliant when it's good and flops abysmally when it's bad. 
Obtaining any degree of accuracy with the pen, for example, is 
very difficult. Because the 
keyboard is not utilised at all, 
everything must be done by 
selecting the appropriate option 
from the on-screen menu (you 
pick up the pen, place it on the 
screen and point to your choice). 
Once you've selected the cube, 
say, that you want to draw, you 
again use the pen to determine 
the cube's screen position and 
dimensions. The method is a 
slow and laborious one and 
virtually impracticable when it 
comes to producing your own 
freehand drawings. 
Any hope of tight accuracy 
nosedives when you see the 
cursor; it completely obliterates 
any fine lines that are being 
drawn behind it. Having said 
that, Cadmaster's zoom facility 
is exceptionally good, allowing 
you to make very fine pixel 
alterations to your work by 
providing magnification options of 4, 6, 8 or 1 2 times the 
original size. 

Ron Ham from Storrington in Sussex writes for two radio 
magazines - Practical Wireless and Short Wave Magazine - on 
a regular basis. Although his articles usually contain 
photographs allied to the topic under discussion, a diagram is 
often required for further clarification. 'I must confess,' admits 
Ron, 'that the ideas come a lot more easily to me than the ability 



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to interpret them into successful illustrations. This problem was 
mostly solved, however, when the Cadmaster Light Pen became 
a permanent addition to my desk top.' 

Now an experienced user of the Light Pen, Ron warns that it 
does take time to learn exactly how this sometimes quirky 
program operates, learning to hold the pen at the correct point 
on the screen and setting the brightness control to match the 
sensitivity of the pen's response becomes something of a knack,' 
he says. 'Yes, it can take several hours, including thinking time, 
to complete a detailed drawing; once this is done, however, and 
the work stored on disc, you can recall and print it out in one of 
three different sizes as often as you like. The same drawing can 
be loaded, modified for another use and saved, along with the 
original, under a different file-name.' 

One of Cadmaster Light Pen's major strengths is its text 
facility. Although there is only one type face, each letter can be 
sized up or down to the tune of 64 permutations, each one 
different to the last. This is done by placing the letter in question 
on an eight by eight grid that has both an X and Y axis. Both 
upper and lower case letters can gradually be increased in size 
from the X1 ,Y1 coordinate (the smallest size) to the biggest 
X8.Y8 coordinate. 

'Although I mainly use the text for labelling drawings,' says 
Ron, 'it is also convenient for making quick temporary signs for 
exhibitions, parties and outdoor functions. During the past year I 
have made many such notices which were printed out on A4 
paper, used and then thrown away after the event. And of 
course, you can personalise the program's supplied typeface by 
using the Zoom facility. The colour of the print can also easily be 
altered by changing the printer ribbon. I often keep a red one 
handy for this very purpose.' ■ 



CADMASTER LIGHTPEN 



PLUSES 

* Excellent choice of 
typeface sizes 
Very good zoom facility 
Inexpensive 



MINUSES 

T Accurate positioning 
difficult 

Freehend drawing virtually 
impossible 
Not very friendly 



PERFORMANCE 3/5 RANGE OF FEATURES 3/5 
EASE OF USE 2/5 DOCUMENTATION 2/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 10/20 



MASTER PACK 

£49 for Master Scan • £13 for Master Paint • 

£55 for Master Pack 

• Database Software • 0625 878888 

This little package includes one of the cheapest digitisers for any 
computer in the form of Master Scan. It is accompanied by 
Master Paint, a strong graphics package. 

Master Scan comes with an interface which attaches to the 
expansion port on the back of 
8000 series PCWs. Coming out 
of this is a lead which ends in a 
small block of plastic. The 
reason you won't be able to use 
Master Scan on the 951 2 is 
because this block contains the 
actual scanning device and will 
only fit over the printhead on 
8000 series printers. 

The process of digitisation is 
fairly simple. Fit the block to the 
printer head. Remove the printer 
ribbon. Find your picture and 
away you go. The printhead 
moves over each of the 256 lines 
which make up a screen, 




Master Paint: an image has been Imported from Master Scan 
and then fine-tuned by Master Paint. 



capturing each of the dots on the page and transferring them, dot 
for dot, onto the screen of your PCW. The image can then be 
saved as a file. A Master Scan file can then be loaded into Micro 
Design, Fleet Street Editor, Newsdesk, Stop Press and, of course, 
Master Paint. 

The software which accompanies the scanner, and without 
which it is useless - there have been stories of people being 
conned into buying secondhand Master Scan but not the software 
- allows you to control contrast and the width of picture you wish 
to scan. You do this by setting the maximum width across the 
carriage that the printhead can travel. The largest image it is 
possible to scan is about 8 by 6 1/2 inches. The scanning process 
is not the most rapid experience your PCW will ever have. The 
size of photograph we have just mentioned will take about 12 
minutes to complete. 

Master Scan does have problems with shiny surfaces. So, if 
you're thinking about taking pictures from a glossy magazine, or 
even a photograph of yourself, you should photocopy first. The 
quality of digitised image you will be able to achieve is dependent 
upon the quality of picture you use. 

In the early days, Database Software touted Master Scan as a 
possible fax. Combined with a modem, the theory went, you 
should be able to send scanned images over telephone lines. This 
would be fine if you just wanted to send graphics. But Master 
Scan does treat text in exactly the same form as it does graphics. 
Text the size of that which you're reading at the moment would 
simply be too blurred. 



50 8000 PLUS January 90 



FEATURE 




David Solomon 



FLEET STREET EDITOR PLUS 

£69.95 • Mirrorsoft • 01 9281454 

Fleet Street Editor is one of 
those packages that ought to 
be good. Perhaps the most 
adventurous and 
comprehensive of the earlier 
DTP packages around for the 
PCW (the accompanying 
manual is a 193-page 
information-packed tome), it 
isn't so much a page make-up 
program as a publishing 
package. This arrangement is 
better for users like David 
Solomon from Southampton 
who need to produce a lot of pages with a minimum amount 
of effort. 

Explains David, 'I was among the first 500 users of Fleet 
Street Editor Plus and have used it every month since May '87 
to produce a family 'newspaper' and since January '88 to put 
together a monthly newsletter for a car club.' 

The package comprises three sections: a text editor, a 
graphics editor and, finally, a layout editor. The first is used for 
typing in your text and is one of the best text editors to be 
integrated into any DTP program. Not only can you import Ascii 
or LocoScript files into the program, it also has a word counter. 
It's essential to do your page layout planning well away from the 
computer before you start, because the text editor will ask you to 
enter details like column width, font size and leading when you 
begin typing in the text. What is disconcerting is that you won't 
see these specifications taking effect on the screen in front of 
you. The program will then calculate the column length for you; 
all you have to do is write to fit to fit the space. Fleet Street's 
word processor offers you a selection of five fonts and four type 
sizes: 12, 18, 24 and 36 point. More than adequate. 

Despite these advantages, David has found over the 
years that Fleet Street's text editor has some serious and 
irremediable shortcomings: 'Sometimes the program will 
suddenly stop inputting from the keyboard due to insufficient 
memory. It will inexplicably insert random linefeeds when 
typesetting onto the page and does the same again when the 
text is recovered from the page back into the editor. The 
hyphenation doesn't work either.' 



Brighton 



Fleet Street's clip-art library 
contains over 100 items which can 
be sized up or down, rotated and 
generally edited to your heart's 
content. As with the other DTP 
programs we've looked at, there is 
a freehand option and zoom 
facility which will transport you to 
pixel-level accuracy if you need it. 

Fleet Street Editor's layout 
editor is the heart of the program. 
This is where the text and 
graphics you've prepared earlier 
are integrated onto the (almost) 
finished page. If you've done your 
homework beforehand, everything 
should fit. Page headlines are 
then entered straight onto the 
page from the keyboard. 

Fleet Street Editor is certainly 
one of the most ambitious 
packages we've looked at. 
Although its graphics and design 
features are limited, its text 

handling capabilities are versatile and competent. It is marred 
by the occasional but quite serious shortcoming, but will make 
a good choice if you're in the business of producing a lot of 
pages as quickly as possible. Fleet Street Editor Plus can be 
used with the Kempston mouse. I 



FLEET STREET EDITOR PLUS 



TrE RJLMAP ELCLE 

•£ Audited circulation: 19 copies June 



It AMI 'A IN HE 111 







David Solomon and Fleet Street Editor Plus produce a family newspaper 
and the Wessex Ducks 2CVGB newsletter called Quack 



PLUSES 

' Powerful and ambitious 
, Impressive word processor 
, Multi-page design facility 
. Good documentation 



MINUSES 

" Expensive 
Prone to crashing 
Will only read from - and 
not write to - drive B 
Program loading is 
prolonged and tedious 



PERFORMANCE 4/5 RANGE OF FEATURES 4/5 
EASE OF USE 3/5 DOCUMENTATION 4/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 15/20 




draw, create shapes from circles to filled ellipses. Line drawing is 
made simple, as is the ability to move and copy blocks. 
As a drawing tool there is a great deal to be said for Master 
Paint. It's Zoom facility allows for detailed, close-in work. This 
allows you to view, and alter areas of the screen pixel by pixel. 
There are also a few businesslike fonts available but, at heart, 
Master Paint is a graphics system. ■ 



MASTER SCAN 



PLUSES 



MINUSES 



Simple to use ▼ Text qualit is very poor 

Scanned images port to most ▼ Needs pictures to be 
DTP packages photocopied 

Cheap 



Master Scan: the original digitised image that the program has 
been able to produce from a photocopied illustration 

Master Paint 

At £1 3 Master Paint is a relatively good buy. It works on a WIMP 
(Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers) system which was all the 
rage a few years ago. What this means is that you should never 
have to type anything while using it. Especially if you make use 
of the AMX mouse. 

WIMP environments lend themselves to creative design as 
the flow is rarely broken. With Master Paint there is also a great 
deal else to maintain that flow. There are options to Freehand 



MASTER PAINT 



PLUSES 

\ Quick and easy to use 
, Plenty of facilities 
. Undo is useful 



MINUSES 

^ Print quality isn't fantastic 
Can't move large blocks 



PERFORMANCE 3/5 RANGE OF FEATURES 4/5 
EASE OF USE 4/5 DOCUMENTATION 3/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 14/20 



Complements 
galore 

Since the appearance on the 
market of the DTP programs 
mentioned in these pages, 
other secondary, 
complementary packages 
have been written to boost 
their supplies of clip art and 
fonts. 

Stop Press: 

Complement Fonts and 
Borders (£12.50 from 
Dragonfly Designs, 58 The 
Shrublands, Horsford, Norwich 
NR10 3EL) 

Clips and Fonts Desktop 
Magic Clip Art (£12.50 per disc 
from HD Design, 3 Roundthorn 
Way, Goldsworth Park, 
Woking, Surrey Gu21 3QN) 
Get Set Typeset (£24.99 from 
Tecnation, 23 The Nursery, 
High Street, Sutton Courtenay, 
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 
4UA) 

HD Computer Aided Graphics 
(£7.99 from HD CAD Design 
[0486 781394)) 
Newsdesk International: 
Clips and Fonts Desktop 
Magic Clip Art (£12.50 per disc 
from the above address) 
Get Set Typeset (£24.99 from 
the above address) 
The Desktop Publisher: 
Clips and fonts Desktop Magic 
Clip Art (see above) 
Headlines (£7.99 from Wadd 
Soft, 227 Church Road. 
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire 
FY83NN) 

Newsdesk International: 
Electric Studio Snip Art (£7 45 
per disc [6 discs] from Electric 
Studio [0462 675666)) 



8000 PLUS January 90 51 



Small businesses 
Self-employed 
Professionals 
Personal finances 
Clubs etc etc 



MANAGER PCW 

£49.95 



For business, professional or personal use, MONEY MANAGER is the ideal system for managing your money 

Far easier to set up and to use than other accounting software - 

- yet packed with an unrivalled range of features f or fast, efficient and enjoyable control of your finances. 



■ All options are selected from a menu 

■ Any number of data files- business - personal - etc 

■ 12 months of accounts per file, with up to 500 entries /month 

■ Move file forward by a month at a time when required 

■ Up to 20 user-defined accounts (banks, cash, cards, etc) 

■ Up to 50 user-defined classes of income/expenditure 

■ Arrange classes into logical groups for powerful analysis 

■ Design classes to suit your own special environment 

■ Up to 50 user-defined "marks" for extra report selectivity 

■ Fast and natural data entry - like adding lines to a statement 

■ Optional reference (up to 6 characters) for each entry 

■ Your own descriptive text (up to 18 characters) for each entry 
* I2y r cod 5 s are displayed on the screen during data entry 

■ Add, modify or delete existing items at any time 

■ Quick insertion of regular entries/standing orders 

■ Sort entries into date order at the press of a key 

■ Specify account/class/class group/mark for each report 

■ Detailed statements, item by item, for any range of months 

■ Totals for each class of transaction for one or more months 

■ bpreadsneet-type table showing class totals for each month 

■ Reports may be for consolidated class groups 

■ Report showing class totals for each account 

■ Account statistics - monthly max, min, average balances etc 

■ Bar charts for up to three selected categories of entry 

■ Pie charts for up to 20 selected categories of entry 



i Report of monthly income, expenditure and cash-flow 
i Report of account and class totals (eg profit & loss etc) 

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■ Automatic calculation of VAT (with multiple rates if required) 

■ Detailed VAT reports showing taxable, VAT and gross amount 

■ Summary VAT statements in same format as VAT return 

■ Simply ignore VAT features if they are not required 

■ Detailed bank statement reconciliation with running balance 

■ Budget and cash-flow forecasts - may be updated 

■ Print any report on built-in PCW printer 

■ Printing may be switched to a separate printer 

■ Attached Dot-matrix, Daisy and Laser printers supported 

■ Print any report to a file for use with Locoscript etc 

■ Data search facility to find "lost" items 

■ Full vertical and horizontal screen scrolling of reports 

■ Pop-up five-function multi-line calculator with memory 

■ Macros to record and play back sequences of key-strokes 

■ Context-sensitive help windows appear at the touch of F1 key 

■ Back-up copies of data files created automatically 

■ Easy installation routine produces self-starting "turnkey" disc 

■ Data may be kept on program disc or on separate disc(s) 

■ Suitable for PCW-9512, PCW-8512 and PCW-8256 

■ Suitable for single or twin disc systems 

■ Comprehensive 64 page manual (with index) 

■ Two sample sets of data provided for initial practice 

■ Free and indefinite telephone support 



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ON TEST 



BOOK LOOK 

Basil Pigg gives an account of two new books on business computing 



THE A-Z OF BUSINESS COMPUTING 

by Adrian V Stokes 

£14.95 • Heinemann • 0865 311366 

There's a problem with some dictionaries that in trying to define 
information in a compact and succinct way they only succeed in 
being a collection of incomprehehsible one-liners. 

For example, should you be reading an account of fossilised 
Australian corals and find the word 'phacelloid', you find the Penguin 
Geological dictionary not too helpful. Under 'phacelloid' it says 
'synonym for fasciculate'; for 'fasciculate', it says 'phacelloid is 
a synonym'. 

While this A-Z is a little more detailed than that, it does nevertheless 
fall into the trap of being too glib too often. Look up 'TPA (a term that 
appears on your PCW screen every time you start up CP/M) and it says 
'An abbreviation for "Transient Program Area", an area of memory used 
in CP/M systems to load programs transiently'. 

Knowing what the letters stand for might be useful should your local 
Pub Trivia Quiz ever have a round of questions on CP/M, but I didn't 
find the entry at all enlightening. The 'definition' is little more than a 
padded-out rewrite of the term itself. 

Other definitions simply require too much prior knowledge to be at 
all useful to the beginner. Looking up ASCII, for instance, you find that 
'it is nearly always used with an eight-bit byte with the extra (top) bit 
either being set to zero or used for a parity check'. 

Of course, it gives an ASCI I table, but not the familiar form of 'a=97, 
b=98, c=99' etc. which clearly shows 
what the code is about; it gives instead a 
tabular form where 'a' appears in the box 
1 across and 6 down, Z' is A across and 
5 down, and the and 1 rows are full of 
unexplained bits of Polish such as STX, 
VT and NAK. If you tire of the 
crosswords in the back of Sunday 
supplements because of their simplicity 
this may be for you; otherwise not. 

Ever wondered what a spreadsheet 
is, or a database? 

Don't bother looking here. The entries 
are terse and dismissive and explain 
little. Margin notes in 8000 Plus are more 
detailed and helpful. 

What the book (and the reader) cries 
out for is examples. Instead of rewriting 
tired old definitions, it should be giving 
an example of what this thing looks like, 
how it works, and what it's used for. 

The book is fairly comprehensive but 
the illustrations are skimpy and consist 
mainly of off-the-shelf press shots of 
computers. All in all I'm afraid to say it's 
really a waste of money. Beginners will 

merely be confused and spend all their time thumbing through to chase 
up the cross-references. Don't buy it unless you already know your 
stuff, in which case you won't need it anyway. ■ 



A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO DBASE 



01 6032581 / 7296 



by J W Penfold 

£3.95 • Bernard Babani 

There are several excellent databases available for the PCW: 
Masterfile, AtLast, Mini Office and so on. But for business users, dBase 
is a much more familiar name, because of that program's widespread 
use on the PC. 

dBase II - the only version for the PCW - must be the most 
unfriendly program of all time; when you run it, all you see on screen is 
a single dot. To use the program you type in a series of commands, 
rather like in CP/M, but they're all special database commands - 
DISPLAY NAME.PHONE for example might display on screen a list of 
names and telephone numbers from your customer file. dBase is 
really a very powerful database programming language rather than a 
simple database program, and you can write 'programs' for your own 
database system. 

dBase IV can be run off a system of menus rather like LocoScript, 
but this is only available for the PC. On the PCW, you're stuck with 
dBase II. Learning to use dBase is like learning to use a programming 
language, which is where this book comes in. 

Only the first forty-nine pages of the book actually talk about dBase 
II (the rest being devoted to the later versions) but what is there is 
methodical, concise and clear. The cut-price nature of it all means 
there's only time for one example database to be covered in any sort of 
detail, which is a sort of stock record for a book publisher with some 

amusing book-and-author 
combinations. Illustrations on the 
example are reasonable enough 
but the introduction - on what a 
database is and how it can be 
used to good effect - is rather 
brief, unaccompanied by either 
meaningful real examples or 
pictorial illustration. It is doubtful 
whether beginners would find it 
particularly enlightening. 

However, for someone who is 
coming to dBase for the first time, 
it delivers what it promises in the 
title - a concise introduction - with 
no frills - to this important 
program. At £3.95 for a computer 
book you can't really complain, 
and while the PCW-relevant dBase 
II parts are short, the sections on 
dBase III and IV would be useful 
for anyone who also uses a PC or 
is thinking of upgrading. The 
verdict, therefore, is that it's a book 
worth buying for the first-time 
dBase II user, and worth the cover 
price - but if you get deep into the program and want to write detailed 
applications of your own, you'll be after one of the weightier and more 
expensive guides to dBase that fill the bookshops. ■ 




THE A-Z OF BUSINESS COMPUTING 

ISBN; 0434 91875 



■hb iliiii 

" II 



A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO DBASE 

imM; a 8SS34 208 5 



January* 8000 PLUS 53 



ON TEST 



YOU GOT RHYTHMS 

Biorhythms; gimmicks or godsends? Pete Gerrard looks at IMC's new package 



Hammer and 
cycle 

The study of biorhythms 
started off at the turn of the 
century with the work of two 
men, Dr. Fleiss and Dr. 
Swoboda. They observed a 
'physical cycle' of 23 days 
and an 'emotional' one of 28 
days among the group of 
people that they were 
studying. Later work pointed 
to a 33 day mental cycle. 
These cycles, so it is 
claimed, begin the second 
you are born and carry on 
(repeating themselves over 
and over again) until you 
shuffle off this mortal coil. 



BIORHYTHM 

£19.95 • IMC Software 



(0604)54814 



You cannot be 
serious! 

The accompanying 
documentation gets off to a 
bad start by telling you to 
make a backup copy of "the 
game". But Biorhythm 
Invaders was not to be; this 
is a serious program. 



As the accompany paper documentation tells us, "Within you, 
there is a clock". I must confess that mine needs winding up 
occasionally, usually after a hard night's 'sporting' endeavours 
down at the local pub. Would IMC's Biorhythm change the 
Gerrard way of life? 

A great deal of evidence in favour of the biorhythm 
approach to life has been collected since the early studies at 
the turn of the century. The press release which came with 
Biorhythms mentions several interesting case studies. There 
may well be an equal amount of evidence refuting biorhythms, 
I don't know, but many companies in the States and also in 
Japan claim to have increased the overall performance of 
their employees by keeping a close check on their 
biorhythms. I am writing this review on what is termed a 
"critical" mental day. Make of that what you will. 

Start your cycles! 

After making the recommended back-up copies and preparing 
a start-of-day disc I set out to see what Mallard BASIC and 
Biorhythm could do for me. Several things soon became 
apparent. The suite of programs (for there are more than one) 
are very smartly presented with some very attractive screen 
displays. They make the most of the PCWs graphics abilities. 

A minor flaw is that the manual is stored on one side of 
the disc (although the package is easy to learn). Consulting it 
requires a quick swap of data disc and back-up program copy 
then swapping again after a swift read to get back to the job in 
hand. For those who are interested, a lot of biorhythm history 
and theory is also included. 

You really get started by (a) telling the program what 
breed of PCW it's running on and (b) informing it of your date 
of birth. There are several nice touches about this suite of 
programs; such as instant working out of the day from any 
given date. There is also a little "Thank You" message which 
sometimes appears when you're swapping discs in the early 
stages. It all helps to give a friendly feel to the program. 

From the main menu, with most of the programs sitting in 
drive M: even on an 8256, the obvious thing to do is to take a 




peak at your biorhythms. You are allowed to look at all three 
cycles (physical, emotional and mental) in a number of 
different ways. 

Introversion 1 

You can see each one on its own or in a variety of groupings. 
A very simple method of date selection allows you to scan 
forward through the months and search for any potential 
disaster days. 

The next option is called Biofeedback. This allows you to 
match your personal biorhythm cycle(s) with your 
performance in real life without affecting your standard cycle 
(the one that you were born with, I presume). The display 
looks rather like the main biorhythm one, only with a few more 
days visible. 

Bionotes and Biodiary come next. The Biodiary is a very 
good sub-program on its own, covering one hundred years 
from 1st January 1989. Three days at a time are displayed on 
screen in three separate windows. The good thing about this is 
that three totally un-connected days from vastly differing years 
can be shown at the same time. The system finds your 
appointed dates very quickly and any data is entered using a 
simple, but effective, text editor. 

The Bionotes section is the place for you to record your 
thoughts about how your performance matched up with the 
program's predictions. This is mainly for dedicated biorhythm- 
ers who are deeply 'into their cycles', I would imagine. 

Risk's place 

Bioplanner lets you search through a given period of time for 
a selected mixture of physical, emotional and intellectual 
states. However, the most interesting section by far of the 
program (or at least as far as I was concerned) was the print- 
out options of which there are many. 

Printing can be done to either personal organiser or A4 
paper formats. It covers the biorhythms, the diaries, the notes, 
and just about anything else you might care to mention. 
Printing out your PEM (Personal Emotional Mental) 
Summary points out days which the program considers as 
RISK, HIGH RISK and even SERIOUS RISK. How I survived 
November 6th is a mystery. Even Christmas Day seems 
something of a risk, coinciding with my emotional state 
being at an all time low. 

For people interested in biorhythms, this is a 
comprehensive and inexpensive suite of programs, and for 
non-believers it will provide some harmless fun. ■ 



BIORHYTHM 



PLUSES 

' Easy and fun to use 

The only program of its kind 

Clear, attractive screen displays and versatile printouts 

MINUSES 

Documentation is on disc 



RANGE OF FEATURES 5/5 EASE OF USE L,* 

PERFORMANCE 4/5 DOCUMENTATION 2/5 

8000 PLUS VALUE VERDICT 16/20 



54 8000 PLUS January 90 



Do you require extra memory but would 
prefer not to dismantle your PCW ? 

Then you need the SCA plug-in RamPaC 




This simple to fit unit attached to your PCW provides an extra 512k of ram to enable 
LocoScript2, LocoFont, LocoMail, LocoSpell, plus a selection of fonts from Loco- 
Font, all to be loaded into memory and still leave plenty of space. CP/M users now 
have an 880k ramdrive. 

The SCA RamPac plugs onto the expansion port on the rear of the PCW, and a 
through-connector is provided for other peripherals. Further expansion up to the 
2mb maximum will be available. A concealed switch configures the RamPac for use 
with either the 8256 , or 8512 & 9512 machines. 

Other popular PCW programs like Flipper and Micro-Design can also take advantage 
of the extra memory. 



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Join the Database revolution in the 

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Keep track of your albums, cassettes, 

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Double Drive, 512K Memory, VDU, 

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Atlast, Desktop Publisher, Vidi Digitiser, 

Electric Studio, Lightpen, 

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plus games. 

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Excellent condition - 

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Boxed, software, dustcovers, 

books, disks, disk box, 

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Pretext (Full Version) 39.95 

Pretext Office 29.95 

Locoscript 2 21 .95 

Locospell (for Loco 2) 18.95 

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LocoMail (for Loco 2) 28.95 

LocoFile(stateif9512) 28.95 

Supertype II font program 12.95 

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Minerva First Base 25.95 



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French Mistress 15.95 

German Master 15.95 

Spanish Tutor 15.95 

Italian Tutor 15.95 

Iansyst Crash Course Typing 19.95 

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Comix Simple Accounts II 55.95 

Comix Job Estimator 59.95 

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Digita's DG Payroll(8512/9512 only)29.95 

Money Manager Plus 32.95 

Money Manager PCW 39.95 

Personal Tax Planner 19.95 

Plan-It (Home Accounts) 15.95 

Stockmarket (share analysis) 32.95 

Supercalc2 55.95 

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Mini Office Professional 25.95 



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Stop Press 34.95 

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Masterscan (optical scanner) 54.95 

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Citizen 120-D 139.95 

Panasonic KXP-1081 159.95 

Star LC-10 Mark 1 179.95 

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Star LC24-10 (call for advice) ...259.95 
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Arnor C Compiler 39.95 

Hisoft C Compiler 39.95 

Nevada Cobol 39.95 

Hisoft Pascal 80 39.95 

Hisoft Devpac 80 V2 39.95 

Maxamll 39.95 

Nevada Fortran 39.95 

Hisoft Forth 18.95 



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Classic Collection 1 (not 95 12) . 1 1 .95 
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Classic Games 4 15.95 

Clock Chess '89 15.95 

Colossus Chess 4 11.95 

Corruption 19.95 

Guild of Thieves 19.95 

Jinxter 19.95 

Lancelot 15.95 

PCW Challenge 11.95 

Scapeghost 15.95 

Tomahawk 15.95 

Trivial Pursuit 15.95 

Head Coach v.3 13.95 

World of Soccer 13.95 

Starglider 19.95 



BOOKS 



All In One Mini Office 11.95 

Mallard Basic 9.95 

Program Your PCW 7.95 

Programming the Z80 19.95 

PCW Machine Code 13.95 

CP/M Bible 16.95 



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Amsoft or Maxell CF2's (as available) 

10 off 23.95 

5 off 13.00 

PCW 8256/8512 RIBBONS 

Standard 14m Fabric Each 3.95 

two 7.00 

Higher quality/density fabric 4.95 

PCW 9512 RIBBONS 

Amstrad brand Film Multistrike..3.95 

Box of 12 42.00 

Unbranded continuous fabric 2.95 

N.B. Fabric ribbons do not give as good a print 

quality as film/carbon ribbons even when new, 

but as they are continuous will last a lot longer. 

Recommended for draft copies 

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1000 Fan-fold address labels 6.95 

3" Disc Head Cleaner 6.95 

PCW 9512 Daisy wheels: All at .£5.95 
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PROTEXT ... The Word Processor 

Pretext is now firmly established as the alternative to Locoscript. 

All the features you would expect from a good word processor - many text editing commands, print 
commands, spell checking and mail-merging. The refinement and thought that has been put into the 
program - logical keystrokes and commands, clear layout, speed and power ... all go towards making 
Protext ideal for the novice or the experienced user. 

* On-screen help * Typewriter mode * Insert or overwrite typing mode * Word count * Undelete feature 

* Move/copy/delete/print blocks of text * Box manipulation * Configuration * Personal dictionaries * Exec 
files * Two file editing * Keyboard macros * File conversion * Comprehensive Find & Replace * Foreign 
languages and accents * Program editing mode * Proportional printing, right justified * Conditional 
printing and loop constructs * Print any number of copies * Works with any printer * Calculator * Print 
labels * Use the maths/string functions to produce personalised invoices etc * 

* Compatible with PCW 9512 * Enhanced spelling checker - larger dictionaries, dictionary on drive M or on 
program disc * Many improvements based on customer feedback * 

"Protext deserves to be the system by which all other word 
processors are judged ... a superb product' your computer 
" The great strength of this package is its ease of use" cwta 
"Protext is the solution to all Locoscript s drawbacks" pew 
"Makes Locoscript look like a snail " 8000 plus 

"Simply the best word processing program to date for the 
PCW ... Locoscript is effectively dead" putting your 

AMSTRAD TO WORK 



Special Offer - Save £20 

Buy Protext together with the book 
for £49.90 and save £20 off RRP. 
(RRP £59.95 + £9.95 = £69.90) 

Protext + Book £49.90 



Protext is also available in German at £59.95 (Prowort) 



... The Book 

At long last an independently 
produced book about Protext, 
written by Rob Ainsley. 

The book features a large section 
of tips for easy reference and is 
well illustrated with screen shots 
and printouts. 

It also includes a section written to 
help the Locoscript user to 
'convert' quickly to Protext. 

It is an essential purchase for any 
current or potential Protext user 
whatever their word processing 
experience. 

Protext...A PCW Users guide 

246 pages, illustrated paperback 

Price £9.95 + £1 post/packing 
(Post/packing is free if buying a 
piece of software) 



New low prices for CP/M languages 



MAXAMII 

Complete CP/M machine code development system 

* Macro assembler * nested conditional assembly * file 
inclusion * textual substitution of macro parameters 

* repeat loops * Full expression evaluation * Error listing to 
screen/file/printer * 8080 mode * Linking facility * Create 
object files for use with C * 

Window based monitor, with: 

* line assembler * disassembler * memory editor * find 
string * relocate * move memory * compare memory * fill 
memory * bank switching * symbolic debugger * single 
stepping * set memory limits for stepping * stack checking 

* conditional breakpoints * trace mode * edit registers 

* Editor is program mode of Protext (as for C) * 

" Maxam II - now the best gets even better " cwta cpc 

"A really excellent piece of software which, given the speed 
with which debugging can be done, will pay its way very 
quickly" ACU 

"The thing that struck me ... was the amount of thought 
and effort that has gone into this product" cwta cpc 

"Maxam II is stunning ... the most complete and competent 
programming package around. Simple, speedy and 
sophisticated" amstrad action 



RRP £49.95 



Sale price £24.00 



All programs run on PCW8256/8512, 9512, CPC6128 



Complete C development system 

* Full implementation of K&R standard * 

* Optimising compiler * Floating point 
arithmetic * 32 and 16 bit integer arithmetic 

* I/O and maths libraries * Conditional 
compilation * File inclusion * Macros 

* Linker accepts C and assembler (with 
Maxam II) * Stand alone generator 
produces COM files 

Protext compatible editor:- 
*fast and easy to use *on screen help 
*two file editing * keyboard macros * fully 
configurable* powerful find and replace 

* exec files * compile from inside editor 

"very good value for money" amstrad pcw 

"Streets ahead in terms of programming 
power " amstrad action 

"ki typical Amor fashion, they've taken their 
time and got it right' amstrad computer user 

"All the facilities necessary to write 
complete applications programs " 

popular computing weekly 

RRP £49.95 Sale price £24.00 



BCPL 

Flexible, fast, general 
programming language. 



purpose 



± 



Extensive set of I/O libraries 
including access to CP/M routines. 
Example source files supplied, 
including full screen editor and all 
the libraries. Comprehensive 
60 page manual covers the 
language and gives details of the 
libraries. 

"Easy to use, yet both flexible and 
powerful " cwta 

" Good library of procedures ... very 

fast " 8000 PLUS 

"Amor's clear, concise manual will 
have you programming 

confidently very rapidly " 

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LANGFORD 



ELECTROMAGNETIC 
ETIQUETTE 



Dear Miss Magnetic Media, 
I've become acquainted with a 
famous author who nervously 
mails "security copies" of his 
novel-in-progress to friends. 
This is great because you get 
the perk of reading the books 
before they hit the best-seller 
list. When his latest was 
published, I naturally returned 
the discs with the draft 
versions. Back came a thank- 
you letter which I thought 
slightly chilly. Have I blundered? 
"Worried." 

Miss Media replies: You have 
encountered a problem of 
etiquette so novel as to be absent 
from the guidebooks. See below.... 

Dear Miss Media, 
I'm a starving writer and 
recently made my first sale. As 
recommended by that bigmouth 
Langford, the print-out's 
covering page said: "Text 
available on 3" disc in 
LocoScript or ASCII format." 
The magazine was glad to avoid 
retyping, so all was well, except 
that months later they hadn't 
returned the disc. When I 
enquired, they sent it back sort 
of reluctantly and said 
something about being afraid of 
insulting me! Should I now feel 
insulted, and if so, why? 
"Impoverished" 

Miss Media replies: This 
embarrassment arises from 
friction between different social 
and financial strata in computing. 
It began when well-heeled 
organisations and computer 
owners chose to become uppity 
about returned discs. "We don't 
ask people to send back letters so 
we can clean the paper for re- 
use," one imagines them sniffing. 
"We can afford endless new discs. 
Returning them implies that we're 
penny-pinchers. What an insult!" 
Alas, a PCW user who mails 
many discs cannot afford this 
haughty contempt for bank 
managers. The big-time attitude 
was formed by the traditional IBM 
5.25" disc (which in bulk costs as 
little as 20p) or the cheapest 3.5" 
equivalent (perhaps 50p), rather 
than the 3" Sugar Special at a 



minimal couple of pounds. 

Miss Media suggests that 
much heart-searching might be 
avoided if senders of material on 
disc were to inscribe the label No 
need to return this, or alternatively, 
Please return after copying files 
-thanks. 

Those objecting to the latter 
plea should contemplate the 
virtues of Green policy. Causing 
correspondents to buy new discs 
uses up resources; recycling old 
ones doesn't. Conversely, if you're 
so eager not to insult others, do 
you throw away their discs to 
avoid demeaning yourself 
(scandalous waste!), or furtively 
re-use them? Be honest, now. 

Dear Miss Media, 

Are you aware that cardboard 

mailing boxes for floppies cost 

more than new discs? 

Ecologically it's better to throw 

discs away than mail them 

back. 

"Megacorporation" 

Miss Media was addressing the 
long-suffering PCW owner, whose 
sturdy little discs can be safely 
posted in used jiffybags, or even 
ordinary envelopes (cardboard 
stiffeners are advised). Doubtless 
there's small hope of persuading 
corporations, no matter how 
Green, to soil their squeaky-clean 
image by mailing all discs with 
cardboard protection cut thriftily 
from supermarket boxes. A pity. 

Twice each blue moon, a disc 
is scrambled or cracked in transit. 
Accept this as our kindly post 
office's way of making you grateful 
for (a) sending battered old discs; 
(b) retaining backups. 

Dear Miss Media, 

This public domain disc has me 

foxed — there are no 

instructions, and I can't load the 

file READ. ME which might 

explain things. 

"Baffled" 

Miss Media replies: To book- 
lovers, that filename evokes some 
unpublished Lewis Carroll 
fragment in which Alice discovers 
a small text file called READ. ME 
and finds on doing so that it 
magically turns her brain to mush. 




The READ. ME (or 
README.DOC, or 
READTHIS.NOW, or whatever) 
information might be in LocoScript 
format or "plain ASCII text". Those 
accustomed to CP/M or other 
machines' MS-DOS will expect 
ASCII, and react by entering 
TYPE READ. ME at the CP/M 
prompt. Hardened LocoScript 
users naturally attempt to peep 
with E for Edit. 

If it's ASCII, LocoScripters 
should create a new document 
and load in READ. ME via "Insert 
text" ([f7] "Modes" in Loco 1 ; 
[f1]"Acti.ons" in Loco 2). 

If LocoScript... might it be 
suggested to perpetrators of 
READ.ME files that they use Loco 
1 , which everyone can read, and 
not Loco 2, which frustrates 
unregenerate Loco 1 users? To 
comfort those who try CP/M and 
TYPE, a message in LocoScript's 
"identify text" (editable through 
"Modes'V'Actions") is a shrewd 
ploy. This text, preceded by the 
letters JOY, is what TYPE will 
display when READ.ME is a Loco 
file; its 30 characters allow room 
to declare, "Read me with 
LocoScript, clot!" 

Miss Media retains an 
old-fashioned preference for 
clearly printed instructions on 
archaic paper. 

Dear Miss Media, 

I sent my novel on disc to this 

writer I know, but she says she's 



scared of inserting strange 
discs for fear of viruses. How 
can I reassure her? 
"Plague Vector" 

Miss Media can only applaud the 
brilliance of your friend's excuse 
for not reading your ghastly book, 
while answering with enormous 
regret that it's unfounded. 

Were a PCW virus ever to 
emerge, it would be spread by 
infected "start of day" discs, or 
perhaps ".COM" program files in 
CP/M. Using your own LocoScript 
to examine alien document discs 
is always safe. 

Dear Miss Media, 
Har har CAUGHT YOU OUT! You 
said reading discs was ALWAYS 
SAFE what about this then. I 
pull back the shutter, put on a 
streak of superglue and sprinkle 
with fine carborundum. Anyone 
reads it, they need a NEW 
DRIVE, brill eh? 
"Smartass" 

Miss Media replies: There is a 
time for measured considerations 
of etiquette and there is a time for 
petrol-soaked blazing crosses to 
be hurled through windows. In 
your case one is reluctantly 
compelled to the latter course of 
action. 

Careless tea- or coffee- 
drinkers are warned that a dried 
spill on the disc surface may have 
almost as exciting an effect as 
carborundum.... ■ 



Jan UaI y90 8000 PLUS 59 



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RUNS ON ANY PC 
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Laser Typesetting 



Our new improved service brings low cost laser 
printing and typesetting to the PCW and PC user 
from £1 per sheet. Ideal for books, reports, etc. 

Wide range of type styles and SiZCS. 
Phone or write for full details. 

LASER IMAGES 

39 Belle Vue Terrace ■ Sandbach • Cheshire ■ CW1 1 ONR 
TELEPHONE (0270)760531 



also Disc Conversions from £5 



PCWDRAW 



A full function drafting program - produces clear drawings on your PCW printer. 

Prints across or down page - small drawings can be positioned anywhere on page. 

Menu-driven, pixel accuracy. Draws lines, rectangles, arcs, circles, ellipses 

from simple key strokes. Also freehand sketches with zoom facility. 20 fill 

patterns, 3 line thicknesses, 4 line styles. 

Undo and Restore commands, allows backtracking up to 40 steps. 

Four methods for saving all or parts of drawing for re-use. 

Price £39. 95 ( inc. VAT p&p ) cash with order 

NOW INCLUDES DETAIL EDITOR. 



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9512 £5.75 PCW9512 £6.60 

MOUSE PAD £4.90 3 HEAD CLEANER £5.90 
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SHAKEY.BAS 

By Thomas Coughlan 



Tom Coughlan comes from the suburbs of 
Dublin, the city where such towering 
figures as Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, and 
Kavanagh made their respective marks. 
SHAKEY.BAS is a program which tests your 
knowledge of great literature by asking you to 
state whether a given quotation is correct or 
not. Once you've done this you are prompted 
to give the missing word or words if the quote 



was wrong. Finally you are asked to name the 
author. The more you get right, the more 
points you accrue. The game is played over 
five rounds and you are then asked whether 
you wish to start a new game or quit. 

As Tom mentions in his comprehensive 
notes to SHAKEY, the program is the basis of 
a larger effort. Improvements could be made; 
for example, instead of using DATA lines you 
might like to read a file into the program. 
However, in its present form SHAKEY should 
provide both fun and the chance to look at 
some clear programming. 

One of the more interesting elements of 
the listing is the production of two boxes. The 
smaller one, in reverse video at the top of the 
screen, contains the details of which round 
you are playing, the name of the game and 
your score. It will remain there until terminated 
in line 550. This box is created in line 20 by 
defining the user function w$. The parameters 
given are for the Right and Left corner co- 
ordinates and height and width. 

Lines 290 and 300 print both this small 
box and the larger 'playing area'. So, if you 
crash out of this while running the first 
versions of the listing you will need to use the 




SHAKEY.BAS brings a new meaning to the READ 
command in BASIC. 



window definition in line 550 PRINT 
FNw$(0,030,90) followed by PRINT cls$. 

The use of DATA lines in SHAKEY.BAS is 
also worth noting. Line 60 dimensions the 
various DATA arrays. For example, DIM f$(ti) 
uses ti, the variable which holds the total 
number of DATA items to dimension the array 
for 'first part of the quote'. DATA is used here 
with economy and some style. 



10 esc$=CHR$ (27) : cls$=esc$ + " E" +esc$ + "H" 

20 ronS=esc$+"p" : rof $=esc$+"q" : PRINT cls$ 

30 DEF FNw$<r, 1 , h, w> =esc$+" X"+CHR$ <32+r > +CHRS <32+l >+CHR$ <31+h> +CHRS <31+w) 

40 DEF FNatSCro, co> =esc$+" Y" +CHRS <ro+32> +CHRS <co+32> 

50 RANDOMIZE <PEEK<64504 ! ) ) 

60 sc = 0: ti = 10: DIM f$<ti):DIM s$<ti):DIM r$<ti):DIM c$<ti):DIM n$<ti) 

70 FOR x=l TO tiiREAD 1$: f $ <x> =i$+" "l NEXT 

80 FOR x=l TO ti.'READ i$ : sS <x) = i$: NEXT 

90 FOR x=l TO ti:READ i$: r$(x)=" "+i$:NEXT 

100 FOR x=l TO ti:READ i$ : n$ <x)=i$: NEXT 

110 FOR x=l TO ti: c$ <x)=f $ <x)+s$ <x) +r$ (x) : NEXT 



The various escape routines, such as clear screen, are set up here. So are the windows. 



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DATA 
DATA 
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" WHAT" , " WHAT" , " QUOTH THE" , " A" 

"CAST A", "LIKE AN" , "THE" , "HOW A" , " A" 

"A GOOD", "BLOODY MAN" , "LIGHT" 

"RAVEN" ."TERRIBLE BEAUTY" , "COLD EYE" 

"ARMY" , "SPIDER" , "BEAR" , "SNAKE" , "CIGAR" , " IS THIS" 

"THROUGH YONDER WINDOW BREAKS" ,"' NEVERMORE' " 

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"DEFEATED", " IS SOLE DENIZEN" 

"LIKES HONEY", "CAME TO MY WATER-TROUGH" 

"IS A SMOKE" , "SHAKESPEARE" 

" SHAKESPEARE" , " POE" , " YEATS" , " YEATS" 

"WORDSWORTH" , "HARDY" , "MILNE" 

"LAWRENCE" , "KIPLING" 



Have more fun than usual typing in this DATA. The quotations and authors are included here. 



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1AC8 
15FF 
0B11 
1DC2 
1267 
12BB 
11E1 
131D 
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1C75 
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10B2 
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55) isc 



sc=0: sp$=SPACES<20) : PRINT FNwS <0 , , 5 , 90) : PRINT cls$;ran$ 

PRINT SPACES <27>;"SHAKEY-SPEARE - OR WHO MAYBE SAID IT" ; SPACES <27 ) 

PRINT SPACES (90) : PRINT ronS; spS; " ROUND " j rd; spS ; "SCORE 

FOR rd=l TO 5:flag=0 

PRINT FNwSCO, 0,5,90) : PRINT ronS ; FNatS <3 , 26 ) ; rd; FNatS <3 

PRINT FNw$<6, 0,24,90) : PRINT rofS.clsS 

PRINT "QUOTE NUMBER " ; rdj " IS:": PRINT 

x=l+INT<RND*ti) : y=l+ INT <RND*ti ) 

PRINT f$<x)+sS<y)+r$<x) : testS=f S <x) +sS <y ) +rS <x) : PRINT 

IF testS=cS<x) THEN GOSUB 560 ELSE GOSUB 580 

IF flag=l THEN 490 

PRINT "THE WRONG BIT WAS: "; ronS; sS <y) ; rofS: PRINT 

PRINT "WANT TO INPUT THE CORRECT WORD<S).Y/ N" : GOSUB 620 



The qame loop FOR rd=1 to 5 is set up and the windows are printed to screen. 



IF rep$="N" THEN GOTO 430 

INPUT "YOUR ATTEMPT" ; yaS : yaS=UPPER$ <yaS) : test$=f S (x) +ya$+r$ <x) 

IF testS=cS<x) THEN 410 ELSE 420 

PRINT "WELL DONE!":sc=sc+3: GOSUB 660: PRINT cls$:GOTO 490 

PRINT: PRINT "SORRY, WRONG" : PRINT 

PRINT i$<x>+ron$+sS<y)+rofS+r$<x) : PRINT 

FOR z = l TO ti: PRINT z ; " ";sS(z): NEXT 

PRINT: INPUT "CHOOSE BY NUMBER FROM LIST TO REPLACE WORD(S) ; n 

testS=^S<x)+s$<n)+r$(x) 

test$=c$<x) THEN sc=sc+l : PRINT "CORRECT" 



IF 



: PRINT: GOSUB 660: GOTO 490 
PRINT "SORRY. WRONG. IT WAS: ": PRINT cS<x): GOSUB 660 
FOR z=ti TO 1 STEP -1: PRINT <z*-l)+ll;" "> nS <z ) : NEXT 
PRINT- INPUT "ENTER AUTHOR NUMBER FROM LIST ABOVE" ; ano: ano= <ano«- 
nS(x)=nS<ano) THEN sc=sc+3 : PRINT "CORRECT" 



1 ) + ll 



IF 

PRINT 

GOSUB 

PRINT 

PRINT 

GOSUB 



PRINT: GOTO 530 



WAS 



nS <x) 



"SORRY. IT 

660: NEXT 

"ANOTHER GAME. Y or N" : GOSUB 620: IF repS="Y" THEN 250 

FNwS<0, 0,30,90) clsS:END M +«o« 

610: IF repS="Y" THEN sc=sc+6 : PRINT "CORRECT" : f lag= 1 : RETURN 



The quote must have been wrong, so you are challenged to fill in the missing word or words. 



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610 
620 
630 
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PRINT "YOU'RE WRONG - IT'S RIGHT" : flag=l : RETURN 

GOSUB 610: IF rep$="N" THEN sc=sc+3: PRINT "YOU'RE RIGHT - IT'S WRONG" 

IF rep$="Y" THEN PRINT "YOU'RE WRONG AND SO IS THE QUOTE" : PRINT 

PRINT: RETURN 

PRINT "IS THIS RIGHT? Y or N" : PRINT: GOSUB 620: RETURN 

rep$=INKEY$: IF rep$="" THEN 620 

rep$=UPPER$ <rep$) 

IF rep$<> "Y" AND rep$<>"N" THEN PRINT "Y/N ONLY" : GOTO 620 

PRINT: RETURN 

FOR t =1 TO 4000: NEXT: PRINT cls$: RETURN 



"You're wrong - It's RIGHT" applies to the quote. In this case you are merely asked to name the author. 



Liz-tun +#% "Kirx/^ ir\ liotinnc 

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22 BC 
0AF7 
1C17 
10D5 
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11AB 
1905 
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1C3E 

156D 

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1105 
0B1B 
1CE0 
0984 
1607 



First gel Mallard BASIC running. To do this take your CP/M disc - not the Master 
disc, but a copy - and type BASIC at the A> prompt. 

BASIC has been loaded when the A> disappears and is replaced by ok. 
Now you're ready to type the listings as they appear line by line except for the 
four figure hex numbers which appear at the end of each line; these are 
check digits. 

When you've finished typing a line check it for typing errors. When you're 
certain everything is correct, press [RETURN]. If, before this, you find a mistake 
then cursor back to it and make the correction. Once you're happy, go on to 
the next line. 

If you spot an error after you've moved on, you can type EDIT followed by the 



line number. Edit the line using the cursor keys and make changes using 
[DEL]. Press [RETURN] and the line will be accepted in the corrected form. 

When you've finished typing the program, you should type LIST. This will 
print the listing on the screen. If you want a printout type LLIST. Now, think up a 
file name such as A:SHAKEY; don't worry about using .BAS after it. The name 
should be no longer than eight letters. To save your program, type SAVE followed 
by the filename you chose. 

The next thing to do is type RUN. If the program runs first time you're in 
luck. If not, don't worry it happens to us all. BASIC will probably give you an error 
message with a line number. This might not be the exact line but it will narrow 
down the search. If all else fails, read the manual. 



JanuafySO 8000 PLUS 63 



LISTINGS PLUS 




By H M Dixon 



One of the many subroutines which you 
will see programmers plagerising, or 
should that be learning, from others is 
the dreaded Menu. H M Dixon's 
program not only presents you with an 
excellent menu routine it also places it along 
the bottom of the screen. This gives a pseudo 



Printer command bar look. However even 
when your menu is running and stunning 
other, lazier programmers, the Printer bar can 
still be accessed. 

The program is a simple affair, involving 
no machine code. It is still highly effective and 
profitable. One of the most impressive 
sections is the use of ON in line 1 00. This 
saves a great deal of time and space. It 
achieves the completion of a task with speed, 
and some elegance. 

Of course if you wanted to include it in a 
full blown program you would need to get rid 
of lines 200-700 as these merely include 
dummy 'options'. They are merely there to 
give you some feel for the workings of 



etch record Enter data 



Save data rated 



It might not look like much but MENUBAR is a smart way of 
achieving a necessary task 



Menubar. In a working program you would 
exit to the subroutines which would, 
for example, Fetch data. The options 
themselves can be changed to suit your 
needs by editing lines 70 and 80. 



10 REM ■ menubar. bas' by H. M. Dixon 

20 e$=CHR$ (27 > : rv$=e$+"p" : nv$=e$+"q" : PRINT e$ + " O" 

30 cl$=e$+"E"+e$+"H" : PRINT cl$ 

40 DEF FNa$<x, y, m$> =e$+" Y"+CHR$ <32+y> +CHR$ <32+x> +m$ 

50 DEF FNiS<x, y, m$>=FNa$<x, y, "" >+rv$+m$+nv$: DEFINT i,k,n 

60 num=6:F0R i = l TO num: READ menu$ <i > ; NEXT 

70 DATA "Fetch record." ," Enter data", "Enter formula" 

80 DATA "Save data" , "Print cell" , "FINISH" 

90 GOSUB 1000: REM print main menu 

100 ON k GOTO 200,300,400,500,600,700 



The scene is set with reverse video, both on and off being defined. The main bar and smaller boxes are also defined in lines 40-50 



200 PRINT "You chose Fetch record" : END 

300 PRINT "You chose Enter data" : END 

400 PRINT "You chose Enter f ormula" s END 

500 PRINT "You chose Save data" ; END 

600 PRINT "You chose Print cell": END 

700 PRINT "You chose FINISH" : END 
990 REM **** Main menu **** 



The dummy options. In a real program your program would move onto the relevant sub-routine. These should be removed when incorporating the listing. 



1074 
12D0 
OABE 
143F 
1998 
1559 
1882 
13E6 
1188 
0BC4 



14B4 


122A 


1634 


1159 


1266 


10F5 


0A52 



1000 k=l 

1010 PRINT e$+"f" i FNi$<0,30,menu$<l>>; 

1020 FOR i=2 TO num.- PRINT FNa$ < <i-l ) #15 , 30, menu$ <i ) ) ; : NEXT 

1030 a$=INKEY$: WHILE a$=" " : a$= INKEYS : VEND 

1040 IF a$=CHR$<6> AND k<num THEN 1050 ELSE 1060 

1050 PRINT FNa$< <k-l)*15,30, menu$<k> > ; FNi$(k*15, 30, menuS<k+l> ) ; 

1051 k=k+l:GOTO 1030 

1060 IF a$=CHR$<l> AND k> 1 THEN 1070 ELSE 1080 

1070 PRINT FNi$<<k-2)*15,30, menu$<k-l) ) ; FNa$ < <k-l)*15, 30, menuS(k) ) ; 

1071 k=k-l:GOTO 1030 

1080 IF a$=CHR$<13) THEN PRINT: PRINT FNa$ (0 , 30 , SPACES (90) ); e$+" e" : RETURN 
1090 GOTO 1030 



02C0 
0D2F 
18AD 
11C8 
1382 
1661 
080A 
1256 
1884 
0816 
1FE9 
04FD 



The real work of the program is carried out here. Line 1050 erases the menu bar and restores the cursor. It will also send the program back to line 80. 



FIREWORX WHICH DIDN'T 

As many of you will have noticed, last month's Fireworx program was more like "DAMPSQUIB.BAS". 

Our fault entirely, and like Guy Fawkes, we have suffered suitably appalling punishments. The problem 

arose in line 260 which ended rather' abruptly. The line should be as follows: 



READ x$:WHILE x$o"*":P0KE a,VAL("&H"+x$):a=a+1 :READx$:WEND:RETURN 



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DATA, READ, RESTORE 

This month we will look a little more deeply 
into the role of DATA and READ, as well as 
adding a third command which is RESTORE. 
But before that, there is a correction to be 
made to the final listing in last month's 
Learning Curve. 

As many of you might have guessed, 
there were not supposed to be two line 30's. 
The second one should have been line 40! 
Sorry about that. Now onto this month's 
gobbet of knowledge. 

DATA and READ always accompany 
each other. The fact is that they are quite 
useless on their own. A brief listing like the 
following should give you a taste of what 
they do. 

10 READ number%,word$ 
20 PRINT "The number is" number% 
30 PRINT "The word is "word$ 
40 DATA 100,WORD 

This program should be typed into BASIC (for 
details see the How to Type in a Listing Box 
in the main section). Once you have it 
running, you will see that on the screen 
appear the two lines "The number is 100 "and 
"The word is WORD." Then the program 
ends. Now consider the following listing: 

10 flag%=1 

20 READ number%,word$ 

30 PRINT number%,word$ 

40 IF flag%=0 THEN END 

50 flag%=0:RESTORE 3000 

60 GOTO 20 

1000 DATA 100,WORD 

2000 DATA " A BLANK LINE" 

3000 DATA 200,WORD2 

20 and 30 are exactly the same as in the first 
listing. The DATA line 1000 is also the same. 
What is happening is that the program is 
reading DATA items (the items in this case 




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are 100 and WORD and 200 and WORD2) into 
memory and PRINT is putting them to screen. 
But we have added several other factors. 

Type the listing into BASIC but when you 
come to line 50 omit the word RESTORE. 
When you run the program, you see that you 
are presented with a Syntax error in line 3000. 
This is because the READ command in line 20 
is looking for a numeric variable number% (you 
can tell it is a numeric variable by the % sign at 
the end). What the program encounters instead 
is " A BLANK LINE" which is obviously not 
numeric. Hence the error. BASIC will only ever 
try to do what it is told. 

Run the program again but this time include 
the whole of line 50. Quite simply what this 
does is to add the RESTORE command. This 
tells READ to point itself at line 3000, 
consequently skipping the rogue line 2000. Fine 
and dandy but you are probably asking "Why 
doesn't the idiot just get rid of line 2000?". 

In this small example, removing 
2000 would work. But what if you wanted to 



include several lines of DATA some of which 
were relevant to one condition and some which 
were not? The only way to get READ to go 
where you want it is to include RESTORE 
followed by a line number. If you use 
RESTORE without a line number, it merely 
directs the program pointer to the first line of 
DATA in a program. 

So, for a brief description of these 
commands then: 

DATA: always precedes a list of information 
or items. These can be alpha (words, letters or 
even numbers such as telephone numbers 
which you don't want calculated) or numerics. 

READ: goes to the first DATA item it finds 
within a program and literally reads it into 
memory where it can be accessed from the 
program. It then moves onto the next item 
unless RESTORED. 

RESTORE: allows you to control exactly 
where abouts within the program you want 
READ to begin is duties. You can only point a 
READ command to a DATA statement. 



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note the difficulty 
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9512, the example may help 
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Make a date 



As we all look at the calendar, 
here's the answer to our 'Make a 
Date' competition - a way of 
getting the date to print 
out in BASIC. 

First, when you run up 
CP/M, insert a disc with 
DATE.COM on it (e.g. your CP/M 
copy disc). Suppose the date is 
Christmas Day and it's four in the 
afternoon. Type at the A> 

DATE 12/25/89 16:00:00 
ending with [RETURN]. You 
get the reply: 

Strike key to set time 
- so hit any key when it's the 
stroke of four. 



From now on until you 
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knows the date. In CP/M, you 
can get the date and time 
displayed by typing at the A> 

DATE 
ending with [RETURN]. 

But if you now go into 
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best date program listing and 
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Having first set the date in 
CP/M as above, you can 
access the date in BASIC as 
follows. Type in and save the 
listing below (see 'How to 



type in a listing' in this month's 
listings pages). 

Once you've done this you 
can RUN the program at any time 
and it'll tell you the date. More 
useful is to incorporate the above 
lines in your own BASIC programs 
to give the date where necessary. 
But you always have to set the 
date using DATE as above when 
you start the machine up. 

If you set the date just before 
midnight, the PCW will change the 
date correctly at zero hours. 
However, you can only set dates 
between Jan 1st 1978 and 31 Dec 
1999, and the PCW takes no 
account of British Summer Time 
changes or jet-lag! 



A>date 12/31/89 23:59:80 
Strike key to set tine 



Hallard-80 BASIC with Jetsan Version 1.29 
(c) Copyright 1984 Locomotive Software Ltd 
All rights reserved 

31597 free bytes 

3k 

run "date 

1 Jan 1990 
Ok 

list 

10 non=12 : non*="JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec" 

20 teld=PEEK<64500! >+(PEEK(6450lT)»256) 

30 year=INT(teld/36S.2S) : doy=teld-INT(<year*365.25>+0.5> 

40 uear=uear+1978: IF year/4=INT( year/4) THEN ly=l 

50 DATA 334,304,273,243,212,181,151,120,90,59,31,© 

GO READ eldy : IF doy<=(eldy+y) THEN non=non-i : GOTO 60 

70 doy=doy-eldy : noy*=MIM(monl, <mon»3)-2,3> 

80 PRINT dow*;doy;noy*;year 
9k 



The date, accessed from BASIC, as it 
might look over the beginning of the 
New Year. Note how CP/M actually does 
take account of the change of decade as 
midnight strikes! 



!'&04' "USER SYMBOL 4" ; Extra 4 
!'&05' "USER SYMBOL 5" ; Extra 5 
!'&06' "USER SYMBOL 6" ; Extra 6 
!'&07' "USER SYMBOL 7" ; Extra 7 
!'&08' "USER SYMBOL 8" ; Extra 8 
!'&09' "USER SYMBOL 9" ; Extra 9 

The hash can be any normal 
keyboard character so long as 
it is indicated in the printer 
driver file. The title can be 
any title. 

Change the whole thing to 
ASCII ('Make ASCII file', simple 
text option, from the Disc 
Manager [f1] in LocoScript 2) 
and using CHARKIT filed to 
group 0. 

As an example, using the 
codes with an Epson FX80 dot 
matrix printer, to set enlarged 
characters type the following 
immediately before the line to be 
printed: 

[EXTRA]#W[EXTRA]1 

(that's a one, not a letter I). In 
normal terms this would be sent 
as CHR$(27);"W";CHR$(1). To 
cancel the code, type 

[EXTRA]#W[EXTRA]0 

(zero, not letter O). In practice the 
codes seem to work best when 
they are placed at the beginning 
of a line. 

If you wish to send a code 
within a line it is necessary to 
insert the line spacing to zero 
using 
[+]LS0 

and [ENTER] then [RETURN] at 
the initial change point. 

The next line starts with the 
relevant number of spaces to 
position the changed text in the 
correct place, followed by the 
actual changed text ending with a 
[RETURN]. 

The next line starts with the 
printer cancel code followed by 
line space normalisation with 
[-]LS 

followed by the relevant number 
of spaces to place the text at 
the end of altered text. 

Trial and error may be 
necessary, and use of phrases 
can speed things up. 
John Worthington. 
Sale, 
Cheshire 

8000 PLUS January 90 69 



TIPOFFS 



That bending moment 

BMy PCW8256 - which 
only cost me £50 
second hand - works 
fine when it is first 
switched on but as the monitor 
warms up the top quarter of the 
screen gradually bends further 
and further over to the left. 
What can I do? 
Lora Colver, llford, Essex 

8000 PLUS: Hmm. Try fiddling with 
the 'Sincro horiz' knob at the back of 
the machine -it might make a 
difference. Otherwise you'll have to find 
a friendly TV engineer whc^can have a 
look at it. 



Booted out 



,. In October Tipoffs it is 
■■] noted that you can 



■ jj^ ^ auto-boot the 
^^^ spreadsheet in Mini 
Office by including the lines 

OFFICE 

<SDD;FL 
in the PROFILE.SUB file (with the 
semicolon having the effect of 
pressing [EXIT]). 

Previous tips have claimed this 
works similarly for the dateabase, 
but it doesn't! Why not? 
HC Sykes, Market Rasen, Lines 

8000 Plus: You're quite right, it doesn't. 
Unfortunately some 'cleverly' (i.e. badly) 



written programs ignore or override some 
of the CP/M features they should work with, 
and there's no way round! 

Nice touch 

■F3H A nint for touch typists is 
fjjl to use the thumb to press 
LVVJ the [+] and [-] keys, as 
HkSi these don't fall under any 
finger but are easy to find by sliding 
the thumb along the space bar. 
Rev Andrew Warner, Gt 
Bookham, Surrey 

8000 PLUS: I'm not convinced of this 
myself, but I'm sure we'll have more 
correspondence about the problems of 
touch typing on a computer keyboard, 
which is rather more complex than the 



typewriter most of us started on. .. 

Screen test 

HDoes anyone know how I 
can save the screen {or 
a section of it) to a 
suitable position in 
memory? I'd like to know how I 
can recall a section of screen after 
putting a pull-down menu over it. 
C Black, Oxford 

8000 PLUS : We published a BASIC 
listing which saves and recalls screens in 
issue 28 (January 1988). It only works on 
whole screens. But It anyone has a 
BASIC routine to save a portion of the 
screen, we'd be glad to hear. 



Six of the best 

Neil Wilson of Ossett wins £30 for sending these six tips. One or two have appeared before but bear another mention! 



Join the select 



H 



When using LocoFile 
from the Disc Manager 
screen, don't use the 
'Select new file' option 
to change datafiles. It is far 
easier to press [EXIT], select 
the new datafile with the 
cursors and call up LocoFile 
again by pressing 
[f1]R[ENTER][ENTER]. 

The 'select new file' option 
apparently insists on moving the 
Disc Manager's file cursor to the 
first group on drive A, even when 
there's no disc in the drive - 
usually a long way from your last 
datafile selection. 

If you use LocoFile from 
within LocoScript the same 
problem occurs. Fortunately 
there is a way you can make 
your datafile instantly available 
for use. Before starting work 
on the document, 'Run LocoFile' 
on the required datafile and 
come straight out again. Now 
the next time 'Run LocoFile' is 
used from within LocoScript it 
will automatically call up this 
datafile. 







EBtfnn'UBfc&ininTii^iiQ.'j 






Merge documents 


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■'HH— iliH'HWP'IM 
Group: group » 
Drive: M 


Nane: N0NSENSE.DOC 
Group: group 
Drive: M 


■J High quality 
Draft quality 
Nunber of copies: 1 


► Manual 
Automatic 


Yc 
this 


u can jump straight down to 'Automatic 
menu by pressing [SHIFT] and down a 


on 
rrow 



M: group 0/LAV0UT 
Layout 1 Pil2 



.EG 
LSI 
f3=Tabs 



Editing layout. 
CR+0 LPG 
f4=Size 




Shortcuts while setting layouts: pressing [+] once sets a simple tab (lite the one in column 22) at the 

position of the cursor (currently at column 1 5). Pressing it again gives a left tab (like that in 26) again 

gives a centre tab (see 30) and again a decimal tab (see 34). Also, pressing [SPACE] moves you 

immediately to the right margin.On a margin, [4] moves it right, [-] moves it left. 



On the menu 



miner Kite, using 
Page 1 



lin 



tie cauiesm > 
latlock, bu 
he only ti 
Mrs Thatch 
barking na 
off 'er trolle 
ntil the word 



inue 
Save and Print 
Abandon edit 



te, howeverf 
eg 1 is conple 



Pressing A selects 'Abandon Edit'; S selects 

'Save and Continue'; S then P selects 'Save 

and Print', This works for any menu. That's 

why they're in capitals! 



Pressing [SHIFT] and the down 
arrow in any LocoScript menu 
moves the cursor immediately to 
the bottom, [SHIFT] with the up 
arrow to the top. 

This is useful in menus where 
you can't select by pressing the 
first letter (in which, for 
example, after pressing [EXIT] in a 
document you can jump straight 
away to 'Abandon Edit' just by 
pressing the letter A). Examples 
might be selecting 'Automatic 
merge' in 'Merge documents', 
choosing 'Print part of document' 
in the print menu and so on. 

Layout on me 

LocoScript 2's layout editor has a 
number of short cuts. You get into 
the layout editor while editing a 
document by pressing [f2] and 
leave it with [EXIT]. 
1 . Pressing [+] while on either of 
the margins will move the margin 
to the right, and [-] to the left. 



2. Pressing [+] will place a simple 
tab at the position of the cursor; 
pressing it again makes it a right 
tab; again makes it a centre tab; 
again makes it a decimal tab; 
again makes it a simple tab, and 
so on. 

3. Pressing [-] on a tab marker 
will delete it. 

4. The [TAB] key will move you 
along to the next tab marker on 
the ruler line. 

5. The [SPACE] key moves you 
to the right margin. 
Unfortunately there seems no 
way to move automatically to the 
left margin! 

IF line too long 
THEN... 

When writing a BASIC program, 
lines like this can be difficult to 
read: 

1 60 IF sex$="M" THEN x=0 ELSE IF 



160 IF sex$="H" THEN x=0 

ELSE IF sex$="F" THEN x=l 

ELSE PRINT "Don't be silly" :G0T0 150 

I 



Splitting up those lines using [ALT]J 



sex$="F" THEN x=1 ELSE PRINT 
"Don't be silly":GOTO 150 
but you can split them up making 
them easier to read by putting new 
lines with [ALT]J at appropriate 
places. You can move up and down 
the lines while editing using the up 
and down arrow keys 



User groups 



To select a user group in CP/M (the 

equivalent of a group in LocoScript) 

just type the number followed by a 

colon, e.g. 

12: 

and [RETURN]. Add a drive if 

required, for example 

8m: 

[RETURN]. 



No tipping but 
pleading 



When copying discs, always flip the 
write-protect tab on the source disc 
(i.e. the one you're copying from). 

This stops you losing any data 
if you should put the wrong disc in 
the wrong drive when copying in a 
number of parts using DISCKIT or 
LocoScript, which ruins both discs 
pretty effectively! 



8000 PLUS January 90 70 





Column bind 


WpTM 1 wish to produce my 


I want to record the in and 


[gJk] domestic accounts in two 


outgoings as they come in and 


IwJ columns - an IN column 


get the totals done 


BfcfcS and OUT column, with 


automatically at the end of the 


totals worked out automatically, 


month. Is there an easy way on 


like this: 


my 951 2? 


DATE ITEM/ IN OUT 
DETAILS 


Bernard Wilkie, 
Coulsdon, 


1.10.89 Rates 148.00 


Surrey 


2.10.89 Payment 120.00 
3.10.89 Materials 20.00 
4.10.89 Tax rebate 11.50 


8000 PLUS: I'm sure some kind soul 
out there can knock up suitable 
LocoMail routine tor you. A liver to the 


TOTALS 131.50 168.00 


best solution. 



Paper chase 



SWhen using continuous 
paper, a sheet is 
wasted between two 
documents if you have 
to rip off the first before printing 
the second, as the second 
needs a leading page. 

If you begrudge this waste 
of paper, keep on your discs a 
few documents you always need 
- memo slips, compliment slips, 
small forms and so on. You can 
have several to a page. 

Then you can print a page of 
these out as the last page of your 
first document. Tear off all but the 
last page. You thus have your 
first document intact and have 
left the sheet of memos and so 
on as the leading sheet for the 
second document. When you 
print this, you can rip off the 
leading sheet of memo slips, print 
another sheet of memo slips as 
the last sheet, and so on. 
John Boyd, Ealing, 
West London 



Mouse trap 



S Here's a tip for those 
trying to use the AMX 



mouse with their own 
programs. 

The AMX mouse uses input 
ports AO to A7, but only the first 
three are necessary to drive the 
mouse. The numbers returned from 
these ports correspond to changes 
in the mouse's position or the 
button state. 

Port A0 is concerned with 
vertical movement; if the mouse is 
moved up, the value of the port is 
increased by 1 , whereas if it is 
moved down, the value is 
increased by 16. 

After 1 6 successive 
movements in one direction, the 
value returns to what it was the first 
time the mouse was moved ^^^ 
that way. (If the value was /^-^ 



Compatibility problems 



SI have a large name 
and address list on an 
old database called 
DataGem. Is there any 
way I can use the data from this 
in another database such as 
LocoFile without having to re- 
type the whole lot? 
Alan Wood, 
Epsom, Surrey 

8000 PLUS: DataGem was written 
in BASIC and so should store the 
names and addresses in a fairly 
recoverable way. The general 
method of getting any data from 
a database into LocoScript or 
LocoFile is as follows. 
Check through the manual to see 
if your database has an 'Export' 
or 'ASCII' option. 

If it has - Masterfile, Mini 
Office Professional, Datastore II 
and so on do - you're laughing. 
Follow the manual to create an 
export file, or ASCII file, on a disc 
and call it say DATA.DBS. 

If it hasn't, try making a mail 
merge file or something (you do 
this in Mini Office, for example) 
of this name with all the 
information you want for 
each name. 

1. Run up LocoScript as usual. 
Put the data disc in the drive 
which holds the database file 
you want put into LocoScript. 
Create an empty document 
called say DATA.LS on the M 
drive in group 0. 

2. In DATA.LS, select 'insert text' 
{[ft] in Loco 2, [f7] in Loco 1) and 
move the cursor over the file 
from the database that holds the 
names and addresses, 
DATA.DBS. 

3. You should see the 
information being inserted into 
the new file. Depending on the 
way it came over - ASCII, mail 
merge, or just a straight data file 
- it will be in varying formats. 



TIPOFFS 



Double checking 



H 



It's easy to forget to 
cancel italic and bold 
commands. A (+ltalic) 
that doesn't have that 
(-Italic) ruins the document! 

But LocoScript users have 
an easy way to check the 
commands are cancelled. First 
make sure the (+ltalic) and 
(-Italic) codes etc. are turned on 
(using [f8] 'Options' while editing, 



selecting 'Codes' with the [+] 
key). Then go to the start of the 
document and type 
[+]RV 

then [DOC] and all the text is put 
into reverse video. However, it 
doesn't reverse out the (+ltalic) 
and (-Italic) commands 
themselves - making it easier to 
see if there's an uncancelled 
command somewhere. 
Rev Andrew Warner, Gt 
Bookham, Surrey 



while the (+Italic) final (-Italic) work Shostakovich 

wrote uas Opus 147, (+Italic)Sonata {or Viola 

and Piano(-Italic). However his final (tltalic)nessage 

is generally taken to be Opus 14S, 

the (tltalic)Suite on verses by 

Michaelangelo(-Italic) , a work which 

undoubtedly expresses, albeit in 

characteristically cryptic forn, the 

sentinents that the cowposer wished 

to leave behind hin.f 



Wmffi-''''-, iHH 



leap 

wrote 



^■and Pi an oM 
■ is general 

K ' 

1 



ijuhile the B 
uas Opus H 



!is genera 
the [OlEUDlSuite on verse 
( i nhaelailjelnf atniia r 
undoubtedly expresses, 
characteristically crt 
sentinents that the ct 
to leave behind h 




That missing 'italic off command is easier to spot in the version below 



For example, you might have ' 
quote marks round each item of 
information, commas separating 
them, and a new line for each 
person; or each item might have 
no quotes, new lines separating 
each item, or whatever. 
4. What you want for LocoFile is 
to have each item of information 
on a separate line and a page 
break between each person. Use 
the [EXCH] key to do the 
conversion. 



For the first format, for 
example, go to the start of the 
document and convert all " marks 
to nothing automatically, then go 
back to the start of the document 
and convert all commas to 
[RETURNJs, then all 
[RETURN]{RETURN]s to the new 
page marker, [ALT][RETURN], 
and so on. 

5. When the new file is in the 
required format, save it and use it 
as the LocoFile data file. 



group O/Dfll'fl 

-ayout. 1 Piia 



7IS" Editing text. 
LSI CR+0 LP6 

unlit f1=^tu]p 



Printer idle. Osii 

Page 
e f7=Spell f8 



ith'V John\ "23 Letsby' Avenue" ', "Kirk Stephens" ."Surrey'V 
"Jones". "Dr Marie", "6 Seely HalkV'Stokeley Carnichael","Hants"v 

"Davies*,"Mike","l3 High St","","Bath'V 

"Broun", "Eric", ''Ml Short St*, "Whitney Houston", "Oxon'V 



How your database data might look just after inserting it into LocoScript (stage 3) 




EXCH putting one name to a line by changing commas to RETURNS (middle bit of stage 4) 



group O/DfiTfl 



7E5 Editing text. 

LSI CR+O LP6 



Printer idl 



Sn i the 

John* 1 

23 Letsby Avenues 

Kirk Stephens** 

Surrey! 



BKMSflBNi 



Dr Maries 
6 Seely Halkf 
Stokeley Carnichaelt 1 
Hants? 



Davies* 1 

HIkM> 

13 High SW 



Your database file can now be used in LocoMail or LocoFile (stage 5) 



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32, it would be 47 after 15 moves 
up, and one more would return it to 
32). Port A1 is similar; a movement 
to the right causes an increase of 
1 , a movement to the left increase 
of 16. Port A2 returns the button 
state, which must be ANDed with 7 
to give a number in the range to 
7 which tells you which buttons if 
any are pressed. 

To demonstrate, here's a short 
BASIC listing. It prints a letter on 
the screen, changing the letter with 
button presses and moving the 
letter on screen as the mouse is 
moved around. 

In a proper program you'd 
check that the letter is positioned 
within the screen, but these 
have been left out here because 



of space. 

Users of the Kempston 
mouse can use a similar 
technique based on ports DO 
to D4, which is described in 
full in the current Tipoffs 
collection' book. 

AMX Mouse Button Values 

Left button only 6 

Right button only 3 

Middle button only 5 

Left and Right buttons 2 

Left and Middle buttons 4 

Middle and Right buttons 1 

All three buttons 

No buttons 7 

C Black, 
Oxford 



10 DEF FNat$(x,y)=CHR$(27)+"Y"+CHR$(32+y)+CHR$(32+x) 

20 PRINT CHR$(27)"E"CHR$(27)"H" 

30 chrnum%=0 

40 DIM port%(3) 

50x=40:y=15 

60 PRINT FNat$(x,y)CHR$(chrnum%) 

70GOSUB100 

80 GOTO 60 

90 END 

100 v=INP(&HA0) : h=INP(&HA1) : b=INP(&HA2) AND 7 

110 IF voport%(1) THEN PRINT FNat$(x,y)" " 

120 IF ABS (port%(1)-v) < 16 THEN y=y-1 ELSE y=y+1 

130port%(1)=v 

140IF hoport%(2) THEN PRINT FNat$(x,y)" " 

150IF ABS (port%(2)-h) < 16 THEN x=x+1 ELSE x=x-1 

160port%(2)=h 

170 IF boport%(3) THEN chrnum%=b+65 : port%(3)=b 

180 RETURN 



Odd tip 



E LocoScript users have 
no easy way to print 
out odd and even 
pages separately 
(thus allowing both sides of the 
paper to be used when printing 
out on continuous paper wth 
the resultng document coming 
out 'book fashion'). 

But you can achieve the 
effect as follows. 

1 . Go to the start of the 
document by pressing 
[ALT][SHIFT][DOC]. 

2. Press [COPY] and then 
[PAGE] and then [COPY] again. 

3. Save page 1 as block 1 by 
pressing 1 . 

4. Repeat stages 2-3 until all 
the pages are saved under the 
same numbered block. A 
document of more than 10 
pages will have to be done in 
ten page chunks as there are 



only 10 blocks available. 

5. [EXIT] the current document 
and return to the disc manager. 

6. Create a new document 
whose names ends in .ODD 

7. [PASTE] in pages 1,3,5 
etc. by pressing 
[PASTE]1[PASTE]3etc. 

8. [EXIT] to the disc manager, 
saving of course, and create a 
document whose name ends in 
.EVN, into which are pasted 
pages 2, 4, 6 etc. 

9. [EXIT] and print out the .ODD 
file as normal. 

10. When finished, reverse the 
paper in the printer and print 
out the .EVN file so that the 
first page of the .EVN file ( which 
is page 2 of the real document) 
goes on the back of the first 



Incredible but true 



I am at a loss in 



'JAi resolving this fault 



IVJ printing documents, 
i^kS which sometimes come 
out not lined up properly. I have 
replaced the keyboard and 
monitor under guarantee, my 
PCW is fitted with a surge 
protector. I shall be exchanging 
the complete system on 
guarantee including the program 
discs. Could it be a virus? 
Clive Woodrow, 
Southampton 

8000 PLUS: LocoScript is always aligned 
Before you exchange anything else, have 
look at the document. I bet you're trying to 
align everything by inserting spaces. In 
the first version, you're using 12 pitch so a 
space equals exactly one character, 
meaning everything lines up on screen 
and printout 

In the second, you're using 
proportional spacing, in which all the 
characters have different widths on 



printout - so don't align. However, 
because of screen limitations, they all 
appear identical widths, and therefore tine 
up. on screen. 

The easy answer is to go to the top of 
the offending document and set it back to 
12 pitch by typing [+JP12 at the start. 
Now when you print out it'll be OK. 

However, the proper way to line 
things up is to use tabs - then it doesn't 
matter if you're using proportional 
spacing. Suppose you want something 
aligned at column 56. At the start of the 
document, press [f2] and select 'Change 
layout'. Move the cursor to column 56 
and press [+]. (EXIT] to the main 
document. Now, when you press [TAB] 
you'll automatically be positioned at 
column 56, whatever the pitch, and any 
items with a tab in front of them will all 
line up nicely on printout. 

The trouble with the current virus 
scam is that people tend to blame 
everything on viruses. They just don't do 
things like this: they destroy data or 
corrupt files or discs, but none has ever 
been found on the PCW. The chances of 
a living' virus are realty non-existant 





GROCERIES PRICE LIST. 




VEGTABILES: 


Iceberg Lettlce 
Carrots 
Green Peppers 
Tomatoes 
Vhale Cucumber 


0.69 
£0.24/ lb 
£0.85/lb 
£0.79/lb 

0.52 




Vatercress 

Celery 

Avocados 


0.42 
0.48 
£0.49 each 


FRUIT: 


Satsumers 
Bananas 


£0.64/ lb 
£0.52/lb 





GROCERIES PRICE LIST. 


VEGTABILES: 


Iceberg Lettlce 


0.69 




Carrots 


£0.24/lb 




Green Peppers 


£0.85/lb 




Tomatoes 


£0.79/lb 




Mushrooms 


£1.15/lb 




Vhole Cucumber 


0.52 




Vatercress 


0.42 




Celery 


0.48 




Avocados 


£0.49 each. 


FRUIT: 


Satsumers 


£0.64/lb 



If you find this happening to your documents, don't blame LocoScript! 



page of the .ODD file (page 1 of 
the real document). 

The only problem is with page 

numbers, which have to be put in 

manually. 

PE Tew, 

Newark, 

Notts 

8000 PLUS: Users of the amazingly 
versatile Protext word processor already 
have the abiility to print just odd or even 
pages automatically. 

The command ensures that only the 



even pages from then on are printed. 

Similarly . the command prints 
just the odd ones. You can print the 
document with the first command at the 
top. To achieve this feat you will have to 
reverse the paper, replace the first 
command by the second, and print again. 

Your pages are all numbered 
correctly for you of course. 

You can even make sure that the 
next new page in any document will start 
on an even (or odd if you would prefer it j 
page -in the case where all your 
chapters are all to start on right hand 
pages for example. 



73 8000 PLUS January 90 



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VAT Included 



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• Specially Adapted for the PCW 

• Easy Start-Up - Full Instructions 

• Fast Despatch - First Class 



HOW TO BUY 

Order with confidence, by phone using your Access 
or Visa card or send cheque, PO or Eurocheque to:- 
Advantage, 56 Bath Road, 
Cheltenham, GL53 7HJ 

0242 224340 Fax 0242 226755 



WORD-SPREAD-BASES 



WORD PROCESSOR £5.95 Powerful WordStar-like editor with full 
block operations, windowing, automatic horizontal scroll, macro 
functions, word-wrap, formatting, pagination, find/replace, 
pagination, undelete and many user options. 

SPREADSHEET £5.95 For home accounts, mortgage repayments, 
business transactions. 60 rows by 26 columns, menu-driven, enter 
text, numeric value or calculation. Print facility. 
DATABASE £5.95 Relational database with reports generator. Uses 
free format query language with macros and commands plus on-line 
help. A good introduction to the concept of databases. Comes with a 
useful Inventory Database. 

KEYBASE II £5.95 A commercial menu-driven database released as 
Shareware - register with the author for the full version. 15 fields and 
128 records out of 32000 - more than enough to set up a simple 
database. Ideal for cataloguing collections. "Well designed, simple to 
use and it works" - 8000 Plus 



HOME & BUSINESS 



THE DESKMASTER £5.95 A suite of programs comprising a Desk- 
Top Appointments Calendar, Calculator, Memo-writer, Card-file 
Database, Label Printer, Home Accounts, Mortgage Calculator, 
Weather Forecaster and UNERASE for the M drive. 
HOME VIDEO £5.95 Keep track of your video collection with this 
purpose built program. Offers four Sort Options and Forms 
Management System for printing out the data in order of title 
number, video number, global alphabetic or unique. 
HOME INVENTORY/HOME INSURANCE £5.95 Record your assets 
and their value eg. for contents insurance, monitoring your spending, 
valuing your stamp collection, simple stock taking. 
LETAFONT £5.95 Fed up with the characters on your PCW screen? 
With Letafont you can see a wide variety of new ones, change the look 
of programs, print out text in different styles and alter any of the 16 
fonts provided using the LETA-EDIT program - design your own 
character set! 

KERMIT & FRIENDS £5.95 for data transfer between computers 
(local and remote), access to databases, bulletin boards, Viewdata, 
Prestel. Kermit. UkModem7, MEX & Comms utilities. 
STD CODEBOOK £5.95 Text files containing lists of all the UK 
STD codes and corresponding exchange names. Listed in 
numeric order of STD codes and alphabetical exchanges. 
NUMBER CRUNCHER £5.95 does for calculations what a word 
processor does for text. The mathematian's toolbox has 15 sig.fig. 
accuracy, complex formulae. %, log, trig functions, fixed or 
floating point. Plenty of menus and on-screen help. 



PROGRAMMING 



THE Z80 PROGRAMMER £5.95 Convert your own Assembler file into a 

fully executable machine code .COM program. Includes Z80 Disassembler. 

Z80 Debugger. Z80 Library. 8080 Disassembler, Z80 to 8080 Translator 

and associated utilities. 

THE C PROGRAMMER £5.95 C for Yourself what C programming is like. 

A practical and useable version of C which produces .COM programs. 

Includes source code and documentation. 

THE PASCAL PROGRAMMER £10.95 A completely operational Pascal 

compiler which compiles to executable .COM programs. With sample 

programs and extensive documentation. (2 DISC SET) 

PROLOG 80 £5.95 This powerful interpreter offers a good introduction to the 

world of Artificial Intelligence. Printed documentation supplied with the disc. 

THE LISP PROGRAMMER £5.95 Why not find out more about this 

fascinating Artificial Intelligence interpreter. Plenty of on-disc 

documentation. 

GOING FORTH £5.95 A comprehensive FORTH compiler which produces 

executable programs with documentation and utilities. 

C TOOLBOX £5.95 See some practical examples of C at work with this 

disc full of C source code examples. Each program is accompanied by the 

corresponding executable .COM programs. 



MIX C COMPILER £33.95 

Thousands of satisfied users agree that this is the best 
floating point C compiler for the PCW. MIX C is supplied with 
an extensive manual and tutorial plus examples. 
ADVANTAGE MIX £44.95 

This amazing value for money package offers all the items 
you need to write your own programs in C - MLX C compiler, 
Text Editor. Source code for the Tutorial, Graphics Library 
and the MIX Assembler Utility. (Items also available 
separately) 

NEVADA COBOL COMPILER £33.95 

Very popular with colleges, Nevada Cobol offers one step 
compile and run, fast programming for commercial and home 
applications. Printed manual supplied. 
NEVADA PASCAL COMPILER £33.95 

A good low-cost one-step compile and run language which 
offers sequential or indexed file I/O and trace-style 
debugging. Printed manual supplied. 

NEVADA FORTRAN COMPILER REDUCED TO JUST £13.95 
Adheres closely to the ANSI X3.9 standard with some 1977 
extensions Two pass assembler, random I/O file, function 
library and runtime error reports. With printed manual. 
* ADVANTAGE ALSO STOCK 
THE HISOFT RANGE OF QUALITY PRODUCTS 



GAMES AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 



PIT YOUR WITS £5.95 Pit your wits against the computer with 

Chess, Othello, MasterMind. Rubik's Cube, Spellit. Stone (Awari), 

TicTacTo and Word Search puzzles generator. 

FUN & GAMES £5.95 A selection of popular classics; Pacman, 

Space Invaders. Maze Game, Hungry Snake, Pressup. Ping-Pong, 

Return to Arg, Game of Life. Bugs and Golf. 

AMUSEMENTS AND DIVERSIONS £5.95 Packed with over 30 games 

including Startrek, Lunar Lander, Pilot, Merchant, Baseball. Football. 

Horses, Civil War, Craps. Baccarat. Chase, Spies. 

COLOSSAL CAVE ADVENTURE £5.95 The one that started it all! 

An extensive and challenging adventure game. Features game 

save and re-load. Also "BESTIARY" specially written for the PCW. 

PCW CHALLENGE £5.95 Four entertaining cult games from 

Nemesis - The Trial of Arnold Blackwood. Arnold Goes To Somewhere 

Else. The Wise And Fool Of Arnold Blackwood. Brawn Free. 

TRTVIA QUIZ £5.95 Multi-choice game with graphics and sound, 

competitive scoring and plenty of questions. Suitable for all ages. 

"Guaranteed completely trivial" - 8000 Plus. 

LOGO LOGIC £5.95 Six educational programs specially written 

for DR-LOGO (supplied with all PCW's) :- AIRLINER. ANAGRAM, 

HANGMAN, UFO HUNTER, LOGO-DRAW and MUSIC PRINTER. 

FUN WITH GRAPHICS £5.95 DRAWING program plots lines. 

points, boxes, four Pill patterns. BIO-MORPH - fascinating graphic 

demonstration of natural selection. README - program to display 

any text file in double width. 45 character format. 



DO IT YOURSELF 



COMPLEAT UTILITIES £5.95 NEWSWEEP gives you one-key CP/M 
functions, makes disc and file housekeeping much easier. SUPERZAP 
Sector editor for modifying files and discs, unerasing etc. DISCKITA 
disc formatter- 178k data formal and 5 1/4" second drive formatting. 
MAKE. CLEANUP. LOOKAT, UNERASE, DIRECTORY CHECK. FILE 
SPLITTER. PASSWORD PROTECTION. SCRAMBLER. 
TEXT PROCESSING £5.95 Print file (eg Spreadsheet) SIDEWAYS. 
ALPHABETIC SORT. WORD COUNT for text AND Locoscript, WSCLEAN. 
CALENDAR GENERATOR. SPELLING CHECKER. SCORING CARD 
Generator. BANNER Printers. TYPEWRITER EMULATOR. 
DISC ORGANISATION £5.95 CATALOGUE your discs. LU 
LIBRARY UTILITIES for archiving. FILE DATING system " 
SQUEEZE and UNSQUEEZE for space saving. 
INSTA-MENU Now you have menu presentation similar to 
Locoscript for your CP/M programs. Simple program selection, 
copy, view, print out. Easy access to all user areas. The ideal 
"front end" for all your discs. 



HOTEL 



from CAVALIER SOFTWARE 



MAKE THEIR STAY A 
PLEASURE - FOR YOU 



HOTEL 

A complete booking and 

billing system for the 

small Hotel, Inn or 
Guest House. 



Everything needed at 
your reception desk for 
the efficient operation 
of your business. 
Bookings, confirmations 
and deposits. Room 
allocation/registration 
and when your guests 
leave a fully Itemised 
bill and payment 
receipt. 

Operates on any PCW 
computer 



£9995 



HOTEL+ 

Extend Hotel to Include 
a database of previous 
guests from which you 
can produce mall shot 
labels. Link DINER to 
auomatlcally update by 
room number. Newspaper 
allocation and billing 
by room and phone call 
recording. All added 
seamlessly to HOTEL. 



To operate this part of 
the system you must 
have as least 512K and 
two disc drives 



£5995 



with our comprehensive HOTEL, 
RESTAURANT & ACCOUNTS System. 
Designed for Small Hotels, Inns 
or Guest Houses using the PCW. 



DINER 

If you operate a 
restaurant or room 
service In your Hotel, 
either for guests or 
passing trade, then 
DINER will allow you to 
not only produce 
restuarant menus, but 
also to bill your 
customers and guests. 
When linked to HOTEL by 
HOTEL PLUS It will 
automatically update 
the guests bill with 
any charges Incurred. 

This option operates on 
any PCW computer 



£59-95 



INTACT 

Complete the package 
with our comprehensive 
accounts system. A full 
nominal ledger with 
balance sheet, profit 
and loss accounting and 
trading accounts, Cash 
Accounting and Bank 
reconciliation. Full 
open Item sales and 
purchase ledger and of 
course a comprehensive 
range of audit and VAT 
reports. 

Again this package 
operates on any PCW 
computer. 



£74-95 



Another specialist product from Cavalier Software 
(All prices include VAT and delivery in the U.K.) 



8, Lausanne Road 
London SE15 2HU 



EE3 Tel '. 01 -639 6683 for more details or to place your order \^\ 



GOOD SOFTWARE GUIDE 




These pages provide a guide to the best software around 
for the Amstrad PCW. Published in three monthly parts, 
this time it's the turn of Spreadsheets, Games and 
Graphics to face the ultimate test. We've set out to test 
every piece of software we could lay our hands on, and to 
give you enough information to decide which program is 
the one you might be looking for. 

The selection isn't comprehensive, but the software 
listed here represents what we think is the best of that 
currently available. As well as a brief summary of what 
they do, there are the main Plus and Minus points for each 
program - Pluses have a A by them, Minuses a T. 

Most of the packages mentioned throughout this guide 
should run on all three models of the PCW - unless, of 
course, we have stated otherwise. 



If a database replaces an address book, 
then a spreadsheet replaces the back of 
an old envelope. It is really an electronic 
piece of paper which allows you to jot 
down numbers, juggle them around and 
analyse the cost benefits of a situation. 
Vital for businesses, spreadsheets can 
be useful to home users too: if you want 
a bank loan you will find that showing 
your bank manager a spreadsheet print- 
out of your living expenses answers a lot 
of questions! 

A typical spreadsheet has a grid of 
rows and columns. This grid forms a 
screenful of cells identified by their col- 
umn and row numbers, e.g. A3, K36 etc. 
Each cell can contain a simple number, 
some text to make the page easier to 
read, or a formula telling the spreadsheet 
to work out a number using values from 
elsewhere. The power of spreadsheets is 
in this last category, formulae. You can 
make a cell's value depend on the value 
of cells above it, or to the left of it, and 
this value is then automatically updated if 
changes are made to the other cells. 

So how do you choose between the 
various spreadsheets? One difference is 
sheet size, i.e. the number of cells you 
are allowed to work with. You'll need a 
few hundred for home use, and 1000 or 
more for business use. Another area is 
the range of formulae that you can use - 
all spreadsheets allow simple column and 
row totalling, but with some you can get 
complex statistical analyses too. As with 
all software, think very carefully what you 
will need before choosing. 

Mini Office 
Professional Plus 

£49.95 • Database Software • 0625 878888 



Mini Office is a suite of five integrated programs - 
database, word processor, graphics moduie, comms 
package, and a very good spreadsheet. Broadly similar to 
SuperCalc in operation with usual features of auto or 
manual recalculation, replicating of rows/columns, powerful 
range of arithmetic functions etc. Printout is a strong 
point - rows/columns can be put into italic/bold etc, and prints 
draft, NLQ or even sideways! Can't sort and can't just save 
data or structure of a spreadsheet, but maximum size of 
spreadsheet is claimed to be 320k. You can use the data 
from a spreadsheet in the graphics module directly. The 
manual is, however, pretty useless. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 

▲ Good, full-featured easy to use spreadsheet 

▲ Prints in draft, NLQ or even sideways 

▲ Maximum size of spreadsheet 320k 

▲ Can transfer data directly to graphics module 

▲ Can drive 24-pin printouts 

▼ 'Save' options not as versatile as SuperCalc 

Cracker turbo 

£49.95 • Paperback Software • 0245 265017 

A spreadsheet designed with advanced calculating power 
firmly in mind, including statistical functions. The screen 
layout is totally defined by the user, and cell value 
calculations can almost be full programs, eg DO ... WHILE. 
It might prove too complex if all you want is simple spread- 
sheet operations. The screen messages are very helpful 
though. Turbo is claimed to be faster than CrackerJJhough 
sometimes isn 1 noticeably so. ^****iZi \* 

PLUSES • MINUSES fQ fN***!. 

Can cope with very comple^ 

▲ Flexible screen format defined by the user 

▲ On-screen prompts are very clear 

▲ Graphs/charts can be automatically produced 

▼ Documentation is large, but obscure and confusing 

▼ You've got to do a lot of work just to get started 
T Very complex for quick, simple applications 

▼ Needs some programming skills to get the most out of it 

▼ Free workspace is on the small side (1 7k) although memory 
is used efficiently 



SuperCalc 2 

£49.95 • Amsoft/Sorcim • 091 567 3395 

The best selling spreadsheet, officially endorsed by Amstrad. 
SuperCalc 2 is broadly similar to Scratchpad Plus , and at 
least as effective, but it has a smaller workspace and is less 
flexible about the allowed spreadsheet dimensions. 
You can store sequences of commands f 
calculations. 



PLUSES • MINUSES 



i&tt 



M 



A Excellent manual - sections for beginners and experts. 

▲ Stores commands tb run from files 

▲ "Data Interchanged allows you to transfer spreadsheet data 
to other applications 



▲ Comprehensive range of calculation functions available 

A Screen can be split into 2 windows 

T Spreadsheet is limited by memory size 

T No graphical output facilities 

First Calc 

£29.95 • Minerva Systems • 0392 437756 

Touted as a quick and simple to use program for the beginner, 
this is nevertheless quite a powerful spreadsheet, with a large 
capacity, ability to replicate formulae, export etc. Really it's 
not vastly more user-friendly than the rest but a good value 
package all the same. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 




A lot of program for the m^ne 

Good tutorials with demo fift 

Simple to use but reasonably sophisticated 

Not much easier to use than more powerful packages 

Program is limited by the memory capacity of the PCW 

(300 - 400 filled cells) 



Pocket CalcStar 

£39.95 • Davis Rubin Associates • 0386 853610 

A fairly traditional spreadsheet but with a few surprising fea- 
tures. It's not particularly large or fast, but is attractively priced 
and has all the basic functions. Can form part of an integrated 
system with the other Pocket products. A safe buy for the 
first-time user, and the documentation is up to the usual high 
MicroPro standards. 



PLUSES ■ MINUSES 

▲ Good range of mathematical calculation functions. 

▲ Good documentation - sections for beginners and 
reference. 

▲ You can preset a course of cells to visit, for form filling. 
A Can be integrated with other Pocket products, 

eg ReportStar 
T Screen size is very small - 10-15 spreadsheet rows,. 

▼ No auto-recalculate facility 

▼ It's not very fast 

T You can't type heading text etc. over adjacent columns 




You can use a graphics package to cre- 
ate and store diagrams and drawings on 
disc, to be amended, adjusted or printed 
out at will. 

There are three main types of graphics 
package: art, technical drawing and 

75 8000 PLUS January 90 





GOOD SOFTWARE GUIDE 



graph plotting programs. In art packages 
the emphasis is on designs and pictures, 
with freehand drawing facilities, a selec- 
tion of pretty text fonts and a variety of 
patterns to fill areas with. These are 
made much more effective and easier to 
use if you have a mouse. 

Technical drawing packages concen- 
trate on shapes, such as squares and 
polygons, lines and labels. Finally graph 
plotters will take your data and turn them 
into bar charts, pie charts and so on. 
9512 owners will have to buy a dot matrix 
printer to do all this, of course. 

Lightpen/ Mouse art 

£79.95 or £129.95 • Electric Studio • 0462 834864 

Ostensibly you are buying a piece of hardware — a light 
pen, or a mouse, that can be used with many PCW 
graphics programs, like DR Draw. In practice, its main use is 
with the software that comes with it, a very good picture 
drawing package. You can freehand draw, get airbrush 
effects, create polygons and circles, and move blocks of 
pixels. Great fun. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 

▲ Light pen hardware is a simple plug-in module 

▲ Can use freehand pen or cursor keys for accuracy 

▲ Menu selections are easy to understand 

▲ Full range of functions for area filling, shading and 
spraying 

A Blocks of pixels can be moved and copied 

▼ You would need to know your way around CP/M to use the 
lightpen itself with other graphics programs 

▼ Items on the screen are purely pixels, not distinct 
elements 

▼ No positioning of items by numeric co-ordinates for 
accuracy. 



Master Paint 



£19.95 • Database Software* 0625 878888 

A WIMP environment graphics package (windows, icons , 
menus, and pointer) which will run with Kempston, AMXor 
Electric Studio mice. Usual facilities for drawing curved or 
straight lines, polygons, boxes, circles and ellipses, and a 
host of 'fill' patters. 'Undo' function and eraser facility, plus 
the ability to zoom in on a part of the picture. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 



WIMP environment makes it easy to use 

Zoom function lets you fine-tune your pictures 

Good range of effects 

Undo and erase facilities 

Text fonts are boring 

Can't move large blocks with the copy function 



MasterScan 



£69.95 • Database Software* 0625 878888 

A device which clips on to your printer head and scans 
pictures, sending the digitised result to disc. You can 
then use the pictures in desktop publications or in 
other graphics packages, such as Master Paint. Very 
useful for newlsetter production but the claims for Master 
Scan as a low-cost fax machine are grandiose • the quality 
of scanned text is poor if the text is anything iBS^Jhan 
headline size. 



PLUSES • MINUSES 



WS5 



▲ Simple method of gettin^gootTdigitised graphics 

▲ Suitable for all desktop publishing programs 

▲ Contrast control useful 

T Quality of scanned text is bad - no good for faxes 

T Problems with illustrations containing lots of grey 

Postafont 

£9.95 • Independent User Group • 0242 224340 



It's easy to ring the changes with the five fonts provided 
on this poster program because you can have either solid or 
hollow characters in one of six patterns. Very good value for 
money but best for the occasional poster producer. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 

▲ Its really good value for money. 

▲ You can freely mix fonts and styles 

▼ The print commands are contained in a file which you have 
to create yourself. 

▼ No warning if the poster is too big for the paper. 

Lightning BASIC 

£24.95 • CP Software • 0993 823463 

A very clever add-on to normal Basic which works on 
three levels. The first contains all the everyday commands, 
whilst the second and third levels are used for designing 
icons, characters and sprites. There is something in it 
or everyone, whether an experienced Basic programmer 
or a beginner. 



PLUSES • MINUSES 



*w0- 



▲ Simple and easy to use 

▲ Makes simple Basic programs look really 
professional 

▲ Good fun to use 

T Documentation can be unclear 

▼ Printed output is coarse draft quality 

▼ Can only cope with simple graphics 

Complement Fonts 
& Borders 

£12.50 • Dragonfly Designs • N/A 

Although it can be used with all the main DTP packages, this 
latest complement disc was designed to work alongside Stop 
Press. The 1 1 fonts supplied on the disc show consistent good 
design and artistic flair and are easily loaded. 

PLUSES - MINUSES 

▲ The fonts provide a very professional finish. 

▲ It is possible to rotate and reverse elements. 

▲ Very user-friendly. 

T Setting up borders tends to be difficult and time-consuming. 
T Printed output could be better {but it is still 
above average). 

Signwriter 

£29.95 • Wight Scientific • 01 858 2699 

Offers the widest range of features of any of the poster 
printing programs. Signwriter provides a range of 20 fonts, 
some of them very imaginative. Ideal for posters. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

▲ You can redesign fonts and design your own symbols. 

▲ A wide range of interesting fonts is available 

▼ Not very user-friendly. 
T Font design is slow. 



Stop Press 

£49.95 ■ AMS • 0625 878888 



Though touted as a DTP program, Stop Press is an excellent 
graphics package. Can present data in the form of graphs, pie 
charts etc., and has the usual range of facilities to draw and fill 
triangles, boxes and so on plus a very good zoom' option^ 
which lets you examine the effect of changes h 

PLUSES • MINUSES 



Good graph dr^ 
Can design y< 
Good range of 




tterns 

fwhich you can modify if you wish 



▲ Can superimpose one image on another 

▲ Works with AMX and Kempston mice 

▲ Is also a good DTP package 

T Undoing wrongly placed text is difficult 

AYE PLUS 

£24.95 • CP Software • 0993 823463 



The full title is 'All you ever wanted to know about graphics, the 
universe and everything on PCW 8256/8512 ... but were afraid 
to ask PLUS' Phew. A wide range of little programs to do 
graphic things on the PCW like smooth scrolling, defining win- 
dows, moving sprites around. The programs are written in 
assembler, with the source code provided if you want to see 
how to program them for yourself and adapt the routines. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 

A Wide range of useful functions 

▲ Can be used from BASIC, machine code, or other language 

▲ The assembler source code is supplied 

▲ Inexpensive 

▲ Good manual 

▲ CP don't mind you using their routines in programs you sell 

▼ A bit long-winded to use from BASIC 

▼ No easy way of loading just the routines you want 



VIDI PCW 




£79.95 ■ Rombo Productions • 0506 414631 

A very similar package to the Electric Studio digitiser; not much 
to choose between the two. Rombo's works with the Fleet 
Street Editor, Electric Studio's with Newsdesk International. 



PLUSbb • MINUSES 

▲ Text can be inserted from, 

▲ 16 levels of shading 

▲ Can print images to screen* 
T Unhelpful manual 



Video Digitiser 

£99.95 • Electric Studio • 0462 834864 

A black box which plugs onto the expansion port at the back of 
the PCW, into which you put a video camera or video recorder. 
It will then 'digitise ' the picture it receives and display it on the 
screen. The result can be used as a normal graphic in any of 
the desktop publishing packages and can be edited, cut, etc. 

PLUSES • MINUSES 

▲ Automatically picks a good contrast level for the display 

▲ Can store pictures for Light Pen or Mouse to work on later 

▲ Can print out on a full A4 page 

▼ Can't take simple TV signals - video only 

▼ When used in a desktop publiscation, won't be as good as 
screened photographs 



Gam^s 



Academy (Tail Ceti II) 

£19.95 • CRL (01 533 2918) • 8000s only 

77?e sequel to Tau Ceti. To quality as an advanced skimmer 
pilot, you must complete successfully 20 missions. Blast 
enemy craft with your personally designed skimmer. 

GRAPHICS 4/5 ADDICTIVENESS 5/5 

LASTING APPEAL 4/5 VALUE VERDICT 5/5 

Armageddon man 

£19.99 • Martech (0323 768456) • 8000s only 

As Supreme Commander and world leader you have to pre- 
vent nuclear war from breaking out by preserving good diplo- 
matic relations between the 16 member countries of the UNN. 
Nip conflict in the bud by providing sufficient food and 
resources. 

GRAPHICS 4/5 ADDICTIVENESS 4/5 

LASTING APPEAL 4/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 

Backgammon 

£15.95 • CP Software (0993 823463) - All PCWs 

A fairly good implementation of the gambling board-game. 



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5.25" D/S, 48tpi, bulk packed, 25 off ....£8 

5.25" lockable storage box, 110 cap £7 

Ribbons, black, fabric, compatible, price for 3 

DMP2000/3000 series £8 

DMP4000 £13 PCW9512 £9 

PCW8256 £12 LQ5000 £24 

multi-strike film ribbons also available 

Cables, 4 pin DIN plug-4 pin DIN socket £5 

34 way plug-34 way socket (printer) £15 

14 pin DIN plug- 14 pin DIN socket £15 

Computer Images 

15 Grove Market Place, Eltham, London, SE9 5PU. 

Access/Visa cards, Telephone: 01-850 3883 

All prices include VAT, Carriage free, E&EO 



NEW M O OEMS 

QUAD SPEED ■ MNP5 



V22bis - V22 - V23 - V21 

Error Correction - MNP4 
• Battery Back-up 



Hayes Compatible 

Data Compression - MNP5 



Special Price Normal Price 

THE HI-TEC EC2400 (approved) £399 £699 

THE HI-TEC EC2400 (unapproved) £299 

SOON: THE HI-TEC EC9600 £699 £1299 

Next Day Delivery By Credit Card 




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131 Wellington Street, Peterborough, Cambs PE1 5DU 

PHONE: 0733 897333 FAX: 0733 558974 

Trade / Dealer Enquiries Welcome 



Expert help from experienced writers and 
self-publishers for anyone who needs to get 
words into print. 

•DESKTOP PUBLISHING •LASER PRINTING 

• TRAINING •GRAPHICS & ILLUSTRATION 

• DATA CONVERSION FROM 3 INCH DISCS 

TRAINING COURSES in PCW and PC-based 
desktop publishing, word processing, etc. 
Combine a short break in Cumbria with a 
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experience. Individual and small group courses. 

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• 3 ledger Module system 

• Facility to use up to 3 data discs 

• Unusual postings eg Bank Payment to Sales Ledger as single posting 

• Up to 999 each Sales and Bought Ledger accounts 

• Optional historic mode 

• Trial balance split between capital and revenue permits profit or loss 
assessment at trial balance level . 

Version 1 - Book-keeping only £69.00 inc P&P 

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" The best system for the 95 1 2" Chartered Accountant 

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A gem oja system. T\xree alternative quotes for a system to 

do the job were each over £5000" Financial Advisor 

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INDEPENDENT INVOICING 

A very versatile system offering three means of producing 
invoices, catalogue based and two freestyle types. Invoice 

summaries and analyses including VAT information 
Based on A4 paper and 80 columns 



£29.00 

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STOCKS/INVOICING £34.50 

The same invoicing system plus stock records for sale goods. inc P&P 
at three levels: simple, simple plus dues in, simple plus dues 
in and out. Employs a register of entries and creates a Stock Ledger plus 
summary and evaluation of stocks on hand. 



GOLF HANDICAP RECORDS AND REVISIONS £29.00 

A complete implementation of the Standard Scratch Score and inc P&P 
Handicapping Scheme (1983) as amended (Male only) Created 

in response to popular demand. Quick, simple and effective. 



DDE ACCOUNTS (DIRECT DOUBLE ENTRY) £69.00 

I Single module system means freedom to post to mc P&P 

any account from any source 
I Allows narrative in nominal ledger 
» Speeds up and simplifies operation 

"I'd recommend it to anyone" Chartered Accountant 



INDEPENDENT STOCK RECORDS £29 . 00 

An all-purpose comprehensive system offering, an inc P&P 
immediate view FIFO based Stock Ledger, showing, 
base and selling prices, balances on hand at cost prices. Dues In, 
Dues Out, Re-order level. Re-order signal and calculation, plus 
priced analysis of issues and a complete stock list with valuation at 
cost prices. A sure winner. 



BAR TAKINGS CONTROL 

A simple means of exercising 

control over takings from a bar or kiosk 



£23.00 

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GOOD SOFTWARE GUIDE 

Playing speed is easily alterable and is totally unrelated to 
the games level of skill control. 



RANGE OF FEATURES 4/5 
GRAPHICS 4/5 



STRENGTH OF PLAY 3/5 
DOCUMENTATION 3/5 



Batman 

£14.95 • Ocean (061-832 6633) • 8000s only 

3-D animated graphics as you guide Batman around Gotham 
City, looking for hidden parts of the Batcraft. Good range of 
hazards, and even a tunei 



5/5 ADDICTIVENESS 5/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 5/5 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 

Blackstar 

£14.95 • CRL (01-533 2918) • 8000s only 

A traditional text adventure with large playing area. You 
explore Castle Blackstar in search of a power orb. 



ATMOSPHERE 4/5 INTERACTION 

CHALLENGE 4/5 VALUE VERDICT 

Bounder 

£13.95 • Gremlin (0742 753423) • 8000s only 

A graphics bouncing-ball game . You have to direct the ball 
over a treacherous network of squares & hexagons. 
Persevere - or use the cheat mode! 



2/5 
4/5 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



4/5 ADDICTIVENESS 3/5 

3/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 



Brian dough's Fortunes 

£17.95 -CDS (0302 21134) • All PCWs 

A cross between Monopoly and Football Manager, combining 
board and PCW. Go for league and cup success - but keep 
the bank manager happy too! 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



2/5 ADDICTIVENESS 4/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 



Bridge Player Galactica 2150 

£19.95 • CP Software (0993 823463) • All PCWs 

The upgraded Bridge Player 2000. Excellent Tutor mode 
with hands written by Nichiola Gardener of the London 
Bridge School. Retains strong play. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



3/5 STRENGTH OF PLAY 4/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 3/5 



Catch 23 

£19.99 • Martech (0323 768456) • All PCWs 

A game of exploration on an inhospitable island which has 
been taken over by the military. Your task is to locate the 'most 
secret military complex on earth' and escape with the design 
of their most deadly weapon. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



4/5 ADDICTIVENESS 4/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 



Classic Games 

£19.95 • CP Software (0993 823463) • 
All PCWs 

A compilation of classic 'thinking' games on one disc: Clock 
Chess, Bridge Player, Backgammon and Draughts. Excellent 
value for money. 

Clock Chess 89 

£19.95 • CP Software (0993 823463) • All PCWs 



One of the better PCW chess programs. You can alter the 
level of play by specifying a time limit. Capable of very 
strong play and the 3D graphics are excellent. 



GRAPHICS 4/5 

RANGE OF FEATURES 5/5 



STRENGTH OF PLAY 5/5 
VALUE VERDICT 5/5 



Colossus Chess 4.0 

£15.95 • CDS Software (0302 21134) • All PCWs 

A very strong chess game which manages to use time which 
you spend thinking to plan its strategy. Bags of features, 
including blindfold games. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



3/5 STRENGTH OF PLAY 3/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 3/5 



Corruption 

£24.95 • Rainbird (0666 504 326) • All PCWs 

rates you into the heady world of stocks and shares where 
making money is what it's all about. There's something 

rotten in the state of Scott Electronics and it's up to you to 

find out what. 

ATMOSPHERE 4/5 INTERACTION 5/5 

CHALLENGE 4/5 VALUE VERDICT 5/5 

Cyrus II Chess 

£15\95 • Amsoft (0277 230222) • All PCWs 

Chess game with a stunningly detailed 3-D display. The play 
is quite strong, with several handy features like allowing you to 
take back a move. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



5/5 STRENGTH OF PLAY 3/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 



Double t Patience 

£17.95 • Thurston Techniques (0395 277496) • 
All PCWs 

Six well-known card games (from Poker Patience to Pairs) to 
be played either alone or against the computer. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



2/5 

4/5 



ADDICTIVENESS 
VALUE VERDICT 



5/5 
3/5 



Fish 

£24.99 • Rainbird (0666 504 326) • All PCWs 

The underwater world of Hydropolis is under threat from a 
gang of interdimensional anarchists. They've stolen a focus 
wheel and dismantled it; your job is to get it back. 
Excellent graphics. 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 



5/5 INTERACTION 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 



Gnome Ranger 



4/5 
5/5 



£14.95 • Level 9 (0344 487597) • All PCWs 

You follow the adventures of Ingrid Bottomlow. the intrepid 
gnome, through a fairy tale landscape full of compelling puz- 
zles. Humorous and rather quaint. 

ATMOSPHERE 3/5 INTERACTION 3/5 

CHALLENGE 3/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 

Guild of Thieves 

£24.95 • Rainbird (0666 504 326) • 8000s only 

To join the select Guild of Thieves in Kerovnia, you first have 
to show your worth by fleecing an island of all its treasures. An 
excellent adventure! 



ATMOSPHERE 5/5 INTERACTION 4/5 

CHALLENGE 4/5 VALUE VERDICT 5/5 



Head Coach 

£15.95 • Coda (01-789 9551) • All PCWs 

You coach an American Football team, picking players and 
deciding tactics against real NFL teams and players. Incredibly 
detailed simulation - a must for NFL fans! 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 



4/5 
4/5 



INTERACTION 
VALUE VERDICT 



5/5 
4/5 



Head Over Heels 

£14.95 • Ocean (061 832 6633) • 8000s only 

A superlative, compulsive 3D arcade adventure where you 
control either Head or Heels. Escape from Castle Blacktooth 
and free the Empire's enslaved planets. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



5/5 
5/5 



ADDICTIVENESS 
VALUE VERDICT 



5/5 
5/5 



Ingrid's Back 

£1935 • Level 9 (0344 487597) • All PCWs 



Sequel to Gnome Ranger in which Ingrid returns to Little 
Moaning to find it under threat from Jasper Quickbuck who 
wants to replace it with a yuppie estate. Adventure in 3 parts. 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 



4/5 
5/5 



INTERACTION 
VALUE VERDICT 



4/5 
4/5 



Jmxster 

£24.95 • Rainbird (0666 504326) • All PCWs 

This one's all about saving the civilisation of a place call 
Aquitania from the wicked Green Witches. All you have to do 
is find and reassemble a magic bracelet and redirect its errant 
powers. A very atmospheric game. 



ATMOSPHERE 



CHALLENGE 



5/5 



INTERACTION 



VALUE VERDICT 



4/5 



Knightorc 

£19.95^ Level 9 (01 631 5373) • All PCWs 

You are an ore in this typical Level 9 adventure by the name of 
Gridieguts. An addictive game with lots of action, plenty to 
explore and mind-bending puzzles. 

ATMOSPHERE 5/5 INTERACTION 5/5 

CHALLENGE 5/5 VALUE VERDICT 5 /5 

Lancelot 

£14.95 • Mandarin/Level 9 (0625 878888) All PCWs 

A game in three parts which recounts the adventures of 
Lancelot.. Manufacturers have vividly created an Arthurian 
world in which points are awarded for displays of chivalry, val- 
our or benevolence. The game permits a full range of 
powerful commands. 

ATMOSPHERE 5/5 INTERACTION 5/5 

CHALLENGE 4/5 VALUE VERDICT 5/5 

Lurking Horror 

£24.95 • Activision (01-431 1101/2992) • All PCWs 

Something nasty is lurking down in the bowels of the George 
Edwards Institute of Technology - find it before it finds you! 
Another great game from Infocom. 



ATMOSPHERE 



INTERACTION 



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CHALLENGE 



VALUE VERDICT 



Matchday II 

£14.95 • Ocean (061 832 6633)- All PCWs 

Excellent football simulation game with superb graphics. 
Tackling and jumping .volleying and heading etc. Play 
against the computer or against a friend. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



5/5 ADDICTIVENESS 5/5 

5/5 VALUEVERDICT 5/5 



Mindfighter 

£24.99 • Abstract Concepts/ Activision 
(01 4311101)- 8000s only 

An adventure game set in post-holocaust Southampton. Hero 
is a psychic 1 1 year old boy who can change himself into ail 
different kinds of animals, and who has accidentally projected 
himself into the future. It's up to him to change the course of 
events and prevent nuclear war. 



ATMOSPHERE 



CHALLENGE 



5/5 



5/5 



INTERACTION 



VALUE VERDICT 



3/5 



The Pawn 

£24.95 • Rainbird (0666 504 326) • All PCWs 

An excellent adventure with dozens of superb screen illustra- 
tions, zany characters and a host of baffling puzzles. Will keep 
you entranced for hours. 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 



5/5 

5/5 



INTERACTION 
VALUE VERDICT 



5/5 
5/5 



Return to Doom 

£12.95 • Topologika (0733 244682) • All PCWs 

Sequel to Countdown to Doom; you're back on the planet 
Doomawangera again to track down the ambassador Regina 
who has been kidnapped by some very unpleasant robots. 
Another text-only adventure game. 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 



3/5 INTERACTION 2/5 

4/5 VALUE VERDICT 4/5 



Silicon Dreams 

£19.95 • Rainbird (0666 504 326) • All PCWs 

A trilogy of intriguing adventure games. You are secret agent 
Kim Kimberley saving Snowball 9 from almost certain doom! 
With a humorous novella. 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 

Scrabble 



4/5 
4/5 



INTERACTION 
VALUE VERDICT 



4/5 
4/5 



£19.95 • Virgin Leisure (01-727 8070) • All PCWs 

Excellent implementation of the famous game. 1 to 4 people 
can play the computer, which knows a fair few obscure 
words. Good graphical display. Eight levels of difficulty, and 
the top level scores 350 or so regularly, so you have to be 
on lop form! 



GRAPHICS 



LASTING APPEAL 



I.;:; 



4/5 ADDICTIVENESS 



VALUE VERDICT 



3/5 



Sorceror 

£24.95 • Activision (01-431 1101/2992) • All PCWs 

Enter the world of necromancy and sorcery courtesy of anoth- 
er intriguing and mind bending adventure game from 
Infocom. You have to find out the correct spells which will 
locate your missing master. Belboz. 



ATMOSPHERE 



INTERACTION 



GOOD SOFTWARE GUIDE 



CHALLENGE 



VALUE VERDICT 



Stamlider 



£24.95 'llainbird (0666 504 326) • 8000s only 

A sophisticated shoot- 'em-up with 3D vector graphics and a 
dose of strategy too. Your task is to save Novenia, helped by 
a complex playing guide. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 

Stationfall 



5/5 
4/5 



ADDICTIVENESS 
VALUE VERDICT 



4/5 

5/5 



£24.95 • Activision (01-431 1101/2992) • All PCWs 

Sequel to Planetfall. You explore a space station with your 
chums Floyd and the philosophical robot Plato. Usual Infocom 
standards -a great sci-fi adventure, a mix of 200t and 
Star Trek! 



Time and Magik 

£14.95 • Mandarin Software [0625 879920) • 
All PCWs 

An excellent trilogy of time travel adventure which can be 
played in any order. Your task is to protect the history of the 
world from the destructive timelords -another very 
atmospheric game. 



ATMOSPHERE 



CHALLENGE 



5/5 



5/5 



INTERACTION 



VALUE VERDICT 



5/5 



ATMOSPHERE 
CHALLENGE 



5/5 
5/5 



INTERACTION 
VALUE VERDICT 



4/5 
4/5 



Steve Davis Snooker 

£14.95 • CDS (0302 21134) • All PCWs 

Surprisingly realistic simulation of both pool and snooker 
games - not as easy as it looks either! Foul shots, breaks and 
allows for spin, side, strength of shot. Good value, despite all 
the balls being greens! 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



2/5 ADDICTIVENESS 3/5 

3/5 VALUE VERDICT 3/5 



Strike Force Harrier 

£19.95 • Mtrrorsoft (01-377 4645) • 8000s only 

A combat simulation of a Hawker Harrier, designed in 
conjunction with British Aerospace. Very detailed and realistic 
but you 'II need to put in a few hours with the manual to get 
off the ground. 



Tetris 

£19.99* Mirrorsoft (01-377 4837) • 8000s only 

You fit together bricks of various shapes that drop out of the 
sky at the bottom of the screen. The better the fit, the higher 
your score. One of those ridiculously simple ideas which is 
very addictive! 

GRAPHICS 3/5 ADDICTIVENESS 5/5 

LASTING APPEAL 4/5 VALUEVERDICT 5/5 

Tomahawk 

£19.95 • Digital Int. (0276 684959) • All PCWs 

A sophisticated Apache helicopter flight simulator. Impressive 
cockpit view graphics as you engage in combat missions - 
can be used with a joystick too. 



GRAPHICS 
LASTING APPEAL 



4/5 
4/5 



ADDICTIVENESS 
VALUE VERDICT 



3/5 

4/5 



World of soccer 

£15.95 'Coda (01 789 9551)' 
All PCWs 



A soccer management simulation game; you select squads of 
players for your international team and quid e them through 
the European and World Cups. Gives a good insight into the 
kind of strategic thinking required. 



GRAPHICS 


4/5 


ADDICTIVENESS 


3/5 


ATMOSPHERE 


4/5 


INTERACTION 


3/5 


LASTING APPEAL 


3/5 


VALUE VERDICT 


3/5 


CHALLENGE 


4/5 


VALUE VERDICT 


4/5 



NEXT MONTH 



The guide continues with the categories of SPREAD- 
SHEETS, GRAPHICS and GAMES. The month after that 
will cover WORD PROCESSORS, ACCOUNTS/PAY- 
ROLL, UTILITY and DTP software, and the month after 
that it's back to this month's topics. 

Our intention is to keep publishing the three parts of 
the guide in rotation, updating it each month to include 
all new products. If you would like to see other sections 
of the guide, back issues of 8000 Plus are available at 
£1J5eacr 



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Jons or errors in the File as published, please let us 
now. We intend to maintain it as THE authoritative 
! -"e to PCW software. 



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NYLON 


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MULTISTRIKE 


£1.99 


NYLON 


£1.99 



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CLEANS AND LUBRICATES PRINT HEAD * IMPROVES PRINT QUALITY 

PCW 8256/8512 £5.00 PCW 9512 £4.50 

CLEANHEAD - 3 CLEANING DISK £5.50 
ANTISTATIC CLEANING SPRAY £3.50 

ORDER ANY 12 ITEMS AND GET FREE CARRIAGE 

Just add VAT @ 15% and if 
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Payment for PO, Cheque or 
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Specially written for Amstrad PCWs, PCs and compatibles. 
User friendly, enjoyable package: multiplication (including 
tables), division, addition and subtraction - 4 levels of 
difficulty - ages 5 upwards. Scores shown, success 
rewarded. PRACTICE and TEST (timed), WORKSHEET 
produces worksheets on printer with choice of styles, 
with separate answers. 

Send S.A.E. for information Can provide hours of fun 
of other programmes. improving numeracy 

Price (inc VAT/P&P) £16.95 (PC) and 
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DATA LINE COMPUTING SERVICES 

For Quality, Reliability And Service 
fast delivery - low prices 

Leisure 

Brian Cloughs Football ..£11.95 

Clock Chess 89 £15.95 

Classics Collection II £11,95 

Classic Games 4 £15.95 

Classic Invaders £11.95 

Corruption £19.95 

Fish £19.95 

Guild of Thieves (8000 only) £19 95 

Graham Gooch Cricket £15.95 

Head Coach £15.95 

Scrabble £15.95 

Ingrids Back £15 95 

Jinxter £19.95 

Lancelot £14.95 

Leather Goddesses of Phobos £21.95 

Living Daylights £11.95 

Mindfighter (8000 only) £19.95 

PCW Challenge (8000 only) £11 .95 

Scapeghost Phone 

Starglider £19.95 

Time & Magik £11.95 

Tomahawk £15.95 

World Of Soccer £15.95 

Spreadsheets 

Cracker II Turbo £39.95 

Supercalc2 £46 95 

Accounts 

Money Manager PCW £36.95 

Small Business Aces £58.95 

Sage Pop Accounts £79.95 

Meridian Stock Market £32.95 

Ribbons (Min 2) 

8256/851 2/LQ3500 Fabric £3.50 

9512 Amstrad M/Strike £3.65 

Star LC10 £3.65 

Star LC24/10 £4.95 

Star NL10/NB24-10 £3.65 

3M DSDD5.25" Discs 10 x... £9. 95 

Amsoft/Maxell 3" Discs 10 x £23.95 

AMS 30L Disc Box £11.95 

Amstrad 9512 Cut Sheet Feeder £89 95 

New Amstrad FD4 2nd Drives £123.95 

Mouse Mats - Soft. Non Slip £4 95 



* * * CHRISTMAS SPECIALS ' ' " * 

Microdesign II £43.95 

Stop Press & Mouse £66.95 

AMS Disc Box + 10 Amsoft Discs £33.00 

Offers end 19/1/90 

Databases 

At Last Plus £31.95 

Cambase2 £54.95 

Datastore II £33.95 

DBase II (A/Tate) £72.95 

Locofile £24,95 

Masterfile 8000 £34.95 

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The first topics up for discussion in 1990 are Hebrew word 
processors, embroiderers' guilds, training courses and the 
latest feedback on the Tips Collection. 

If you've got anything to say that might be of interest to the 
rest of us about PCWdom, 8000 Plus - or anything else for that 
matter - please send your letters to Postscript. 8000 Plus, 
Beauford " 



Don't adjust your sets 



I have just read Ian Goodhardt's 
article 'Biblical Learning' in your 
December issue. While the screen 
print of Protext Hebrew is 
unreadable to a Hebrew reader, it 
would be interesting to see the 
printed result from this input. There 
is a Hebrew version of Word Star 
suitable for the PCW available 
which I have occasionally used for 
two years on my 8512. I have just 
checked and find that it is still 
available from Elyashim, POB 
8691 Haifa, 31086 Israel.The 
telephone number is 04 523601 . 
The instruction book supplied is in 
Hebrew, but they say that a normal 
Word Star instruction booklet 
can be used. The price quoted is 
US$150. 

Incidentally, I also designed for 
my own use a Hebrew font for use 
in Stop Press. In order to write 
from right to left using the normal 
keys as used on a Hebrew 
typewriter, I inverted the letters and 



at the end of each line I reverse it. 
(It's fine for posters and large type 
use). I have not yet found a way of 
entering the Word Star Hebrew 
input into Stop Press. 

I must tell you that it's great 
that you have introduced overseas 
airmail availability. It makes one 
feel up to the minute to receive 
8000 Plus before the beginning 
of the month instead of two 
months late. 
Joe Isaacs 
Netanya 
Israel 

8000 PLUS: Thanks for the information, 
Joe. Back to our screenshot of Hebrew 
Protext supposedly in action (see 
December issue, page 56) before any 
more of our Hebrew-writing readers write 
in. There's one very good reason as to why 
it's 'unreadable 'as you so restrainedly put 
it: we printed the wrong one. Laugh? We 
thought we'd never start. It should have 
looked like the one below. There. 
Ian Goodhardt wasn't really trying to pull 
off some elaborate and premature April 
Fools joke. 



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I recently purchased a game from 
one of the advertisers in the 
November issue, A to Z Computer 
Services (page 61 ). The game was 
PCW Challenge and it was only 
when I received it that I realised it 
was only for the PCW 8256 and 
8512 and I have a PCW 9512. I 
rang them up and they told me I 
would have to pay a handling fee 
of 25%. And the thing I am 
complaining about is that nowhere 
in the advertisement did they 
mention that it was not suitable for 
the 9512. I was wondering if 
advertisers had to mention 
important facts like this instead of 
using it to make a couple of 
pounds off people by charging a 
handling fee. 

They also told me that it was 
my fault for not telling them when I 
was ordering, which I do not think 
is very fair. It was my mum who 
ordered it for me, and she had no 
idea that there was more than one 
kind of PCW computer. So I was 
hoping that you or someone else 
on the team could look into the 
matter for me. 
David Murphy (aged 13) 
Leicester 

8000 PLUS: / agree, this does seem 
unfair. On the other hand, I don't know of 
any supplier of PCW games (or leisure 
software, as it is alluringly called these 
days) who will state in the advertisement if 
it works on the 9512 or not. I think you'll 
just have to put this one down to bitter 
experience and, in future, find out before 
you buy the games whether they wilt work 
on your machine. One way of doing this is 
to consult our very own Good Software 
Guide (the games section starts on page 
76). If the game you're interested in only 
works on an 8000 series PCW, you'll find 
out here. 



Gratefully received 



Having spoken to you in 
desperation re. my PCW 8512 and 
the much needed repair of its B 
drive cover (nothing rude 
intended!), I felt that I must contact 
you in writing to sing the praises of 
Bath-based Software Plus (Green 
Park Station, Green Park Road, 
Bath) and its managing director, 
Neville Smith. 

How refreshing in this very 
stressful day and age to meet a 
company whose approach is 
knowledgeable; based on Neville 
Smith's 20 years of sound 
computer experience, personal; 
based on Wendy Smith's empathy, 
and to cap it all, whose pricing 
policy is reasonable and fair. 



At last somebody listens and 
immediately corrects what is 
admittedly a very small problem to 
your average Amstrad user, but to 
someone like me who has been 
disabled for 15 years with Multiple 
Sclerosis and whose PCW 8512 is 
an electronic lifeline back to the 
'real world' I can only say: thank 
you everyone! 
Gerry Brown 
Weston-super-Mare 
Avon 

8000 PLUS: Glad to be of help. Software 
Plus have had occasion to come to our 
rescue more than a few times: it suffices to 
say that we don't even mention coffee and 
disc drives in the same sentence any 
more. There's just one thing I'd like to pick 
you up on, though: Wendy is, in fact, the 
Managing Director of Software Plus, not 
Neville. He's the Technical Director. Still, 
it's always good to hear from a satisfied 
customer, and I'm sure Neville and Wendy 
will heartily agree. 



Up, up and away 



Could an avid reader ask advice, 
please? 

I have been teaching word 
processing at evening classes for 
the last 21/2 years and have 
identified a need for daytime 
classes in my area; I have so far 
obtained the promise of financial 
backing from the bank and details 
of how to register with the RSA to 
put on their examinations, so 
pending planning approval and 
deluges of eager students, it all 
looks set to go ahead. 

However, I would be buying 8 
Amstrad PCW 851 2s - like the one 
I've had at home for four or five 
years and teaching LocoScript 2 
mainly. When I mentioned the 
futility of being landed with eight 
copies of LocoScript 1 to the 
Amstrad Professional User Group 
representative who telephoned me, 
I was told there is a possibility of 
LocoScript 2 being sold with the 
8512s in the near future. Can you 
confirm or refute this? 

However, my main question is 
this: do I have to purchase eight 
copies of each program I wish to 
use if I expand into offering 
LocoMail, SuperCalc et al, or can I 
somehow get a site licence to use 
eight copies on the same 
premises? I wish to remain legal 
while becomingly disgustingly 
wealthy and I promise I would not 
be bribed into giving pirate copies 
of anything to my students past or 
present. (Most of them are useless 
without the explanatory manual, 
anyway.) 

We have just received Rob 
Ainsley's '8000 Plus Collection' 



86 8000 PLUS January 90 



POSTSCRIPT 



and it's already become our bible. 
Rob should be canonised! 
Keep up the excellent work on 
8000 Plus. 
Tricia Woodgate 
Ivybridge, Devon 

8000 PLUS: We've just spoken to Howard 
Fisher at Locomotive who has told us that 
LocoScript 2 won't be shipped with PCW 
8512s until such times as Amstrad buy the 
licence to do it. And, from what we can 
gather, that doesn't look like being 
particularly imminent. Don't hold your 
breath is the answer to that one. 

As far as having to buy eight 
copies of everything goes, there is such a 
thing as a 'site licence' which you would 
have to negotiate on an individual basis 
with the company supplying you with the 
software. This enables you to use a 
software package on more than one 
computer - provided that they are all 
installed at the same address. 



8000 Plus - The collection 



I would really like to thank your 
staff, past and present, for having 
produced The 8000 Plus 
Collection. It is a very handsome 
publication and I appreciate the 
extra work that has gone into 
preparing the text and the disc. It 
has given me great pleasure. 

When I first started taking the 
magazine, as a beginner on my 
PCW 9512, most of it was 
unintelligible to me. I can now go 
back through past issues again and 
find I can learn more and more. 

Incidentally, it puzzles me that 
neither the magazine nor the book 
appear to have taken advantage of 
LocoSpell. I cannot recommend it 
too highly for weeding out 
typographical slips. This letter was 
full of them until a moment ago. My 
favourite one so far in the book is 
on page 31 : 'LocoScript is one of 
the most bug-free programs ever 
relaesed.' 
J. Goodacre 
Clarendon Park 
Leicester 

My sincere congratulations to all 
those involved in the Bath office, 
the Old Barn or wherever, in the 
production of this latest Tips 
publication. From what I have read 
so far, and it will take some time to 
digest everything, I think it rates an 
Amstrad health warning to the 
effect that every 8000/9000 owner 
should purchase, or even be 
supplied with, a copy! 

How delighted I was to receive 
the publication before Christmas. 
It's certainly going to be a 
bestseller and I would have no 
hesitation in recommending it to 
anyone with a PCW. Indeed, I will 



go out of my way to spread the 
word. 

While writing, thanks for such 
a wonderful magazine. Throughout 
my professional career in 
aeronautical engineering I have 
had to read technical manuals and 
magazines, and not all easy 
reading. How nice it is, in 
retirement, to look forward to and 
greatfully receive 8000 Plus each 
month with its easy reading style 
and careful explanation of technical 
details. Keep up the good work and 
don't worry about the odd moan 
from people who don't like the 
jokes. The majority I am sure 
appreciate its total content. 
B J Joint 
Watford 

8000 PLUS: You bunch of sweet talkers, 
you. Thanks a lot - and Happy New Year! 



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Compatibility ratings 



I have supported 8000 Plus since it 
began. I bought issue 1 in W H 
Smiths in High Wycombe and 
immediately subscribed. When I 
began my business I obviously 
chose 8000 Plus to advertise in. 
This I have done over the last 
eighteen months with a short break 
when the price went up. While I 
realise that you have had no 
experience of my service or 
testimonials from customers, I feel 
aggrieved that in spite of my 
support, when someone writes in 
asking about data transfers to an 
IBM format (see December 
Postscript's 'Loco in motion') I don't 
get a mention. Instead, people are 
usually referred to Grey Matter or 
now Word Print. 

I am not asking for exclusivity. 
I am not suggesting that since I am 
the only regular advertiser of such 
a service I am the only one that 
should be mentioned. What I am 
asking for is a little even 
handedness. 

So much for my moans. As I 
said at the beginning, 8000 Plus 
continues to set the pace among 
the PCW magazines. Please make 
sure that you continue in the 
tradition of the magazine and 
keeep it the best. 
Digby L James 
Mapej Disk Copying Service 
Mitcham 
Surrey 

8000 PLUS: We are bombarded all day 
every day with company names, locations 
and services; and even when they appear 
- as yours does - in the magazine on a 
regular basis, we're still apt to forget them 
from time to time. That's why whenever we 
do neglect to give somebody a mention, we 
appreciate receiving timely and civil 
reminders like this one. Sorry about that, 
Mr James; I promise to try harder. 



Re. John Smith's enquiry about 
loading his LocoScript 2 files 
directly into a DTP program, 
perhaps he (and you) might be 
interested to know that Micro 
Design II will not only load his 
LocoScript 2 files directly (without 
resaving them as ASCII files) but 
will even preserve the style and 
formatting codes used for bold, 
italics, centred text and so on. 
This kind of full compatibility 
certainly is 'the exception rather 
than the rule', so if there is an 
exceptional program, why not 
mention it? 
Nik Holmes 
Creative Technology 

8000 PLUS: Thank you. Nik; you just did. 



Harlow revisited 



I was interested to read the letter in 
your December issue from G Lewis 
of Clockwise Enterprises regarding 
a company called Cut Price 
Software. I also got burned for £20 
by this bunch for a copy of Mini 
Office Personal, though the 
address I have is 1 7 Stapel Tye, 
Harlow, Essex CM18 7LX, not the 
Lewes address G Lewis quotes. 

Your Advertisement Manager 
was quite right to say you've 
carried no advertising for Cut Price 
Software this year. You are, 
however, carrying advertising for a 
company called AV Marketing Ltd 
on page 63 of the December issue. 



Their address is also 17 Stapel 
Tye, Harlow, Essex CM18 7LX, 
though their telephone number is 
different. 

Whether they are the same 
people operating under a different 
name I have no idea; they may 
simply be in the same building, but 
I think I might be a bit wary. 
Rev. Stephen Coombs 
Cannock 
Staffordshire 

8000 PLUS: 77ie good news is that Mike 
Mordecai ofAV Computing Ltd has 
absolutely nothing to do with Cut Price 
Software and is merely occupying the 
same premises. He told us that there were 
originally three companies working from 
the same building - and Cut Price Software 
andAV Computing were two 
of them. 

For those of you who lost money 
to Cut Price before their collapse, try 
'phoning the company's solicitors - Giess 
Osbourn and Partners. 10 Mulberry Green, 
Harlow in Essex - on 0279 27431. 



New and old 



Re. November's Postscript letter 
'Designs on you' from Lola and 
Martin Taylor. 

Yes, there are some people 
out there who are interested in 
computers and handcrafts. 
Embroiderers, quilters and 
machine knitters all use computer 
programs for working out designs 
and inventing new variations; I 
have seen several articles about 
this. I suggest you go into a large, 
well-known newsagents and 
browse until you find what you 
want. In my latest copy of 
'Embroidery', there is a small ad. 
for The Stitch Grapher by MGA 
Softcat, Pear Tree Cottage, 
Appledore, Kent TN16 2AR. 

The following guilds all publish 
a magazine or newsletter and back 
numbers are usually available: 
The Embroiderers Guild, 
Apartment 41 A, Hampton Court 
Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT. 
Mrs Elizabeth Gillett, The Knitting 
and Crochet Guild, 5 Roman 
Mount, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2DP, 
and finally Judi Watson, The 
Quilters' Guild, 25 Churchfields, 
Tickton, Beverley, N. Humberside 
HU17 9SX. 
Alyson Bradley 
Croydon 

8000 PLUS: Just goes to show the uses to 
which you put your computer can never be 
too traditional! 



The common weel 



All we need, we who are 
moving on as soon as 



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January 90 8000 PLUS 87 



POSTSCRIPT- 



LocoScript get their program for 
the PC up and running, is some 
clever disc manufacturer to make a 
disc that will slot into both the 3" 
drive of the PCW and the 31/2" 
drive of the PC. 

It cannot be beyond the wit of 
man to make such a thing, surely? 
Then we could change all our files 
from machine A to machine B 
without any angst and all this stuff 
about interfaces and null modem 
cables and what-have-you would 
be an unnecessary expense. 
Reverend John Ticehurst 
Braunton, North Devon 

8000 PLUS: Interesting idea. It has to be 
said, though, that such boundlessly 
optimistic taith in the capabilities of 
computer hardware designers is touching 
in the extreme. I guess we reached our 
limitations with test-tube babies and putting 
the first man on the moon. 



CADzooks! 



I am writing to ask for your advice 
regarding the availability of a CAD 
package that will enable me to 
plan and design kitchen and 
bedroom furniture as I am soon 
to commence employment in 
that field. 

As I am a newcomer to the 
world of computers (I've only had 
my PCW 8256 for three weeks) I'm 
at a bit of a loose end as to where 
to find such a package. Is there a 
relevant CAD program built into 
The Desktop Publisher for 
instance? I would be very grateful 
for any information you could 
give me. 
Brian Dobison 
Whickham, Tyne and Wear 

8000 PLUS: Try any of the following: 
PCW Draw from HTB Computing (0794 
516279), Sketch Pad (£14.95) from 
Composit (0952 595436) or Digital 
Research's DR Draw which you might be 
able to get second-hand. 



Burning screen 



Having regard to the benefits of 
leaving my computer on more or 
less all the time, I have sought 
without success a means of 
clearing the screen completely at 
times when the machine is not in 
use to prevent screen burn. In the 
event, I have resorted to calling up 
SET 24 * 80, which clears the 
screen - except for the A> prompt 
- and turning the brightness to its 
lowest level. 

Any suggestions? I might even 
accept a line or two of BASIC. 
Christopher Whitehouse 
Tutbury 
Burton on Trent 

88 8000 PLUS JanuaryM 



8000 PLUS: Well, courtesy ofGM 
Demaline from Nelson in Lancashire, we 
can bring you the very lines of Mallard 
BASIC you need: 

1 0e$=CHR$(27):c$=e$+"H"+e$+"E" 

20 curon$=e$+"e":curoff$=e$+"f" 

30 print c$:print curoff$ 

40 input"",a$ 

50 a$=upper$(a$) 

60 if a$ = "B" then goto 80 

70 print curon$:system 

80 print curon$:end 

Press B followed by [RETURN] to return 
to BASIC, or just [RETURN] to return to 
the A> prompt. 



Trainee writer 



Having used a Sirius Word Star 
word processor several years ago 
and fancying myself as a writer, I 
bought an Amstrad PCW 951 2. 
Child's play, thought I. 

Not so, not so! I need help and 
suspect that the easiest way is to 
go on a short user's course. 
However, I have seen none 
advertised and wonder if you would 
be kind enough to send me details 
of any that you know of in and 
around South London. 

Until then, printing out my 
masterpieces and bestsellers will 
have to remain an idle dream! 
V Battenti 
Orpington 
Kent 

8000 PLUS: You Ve got a number of 
options. Although there aren't any training 
companies right on your doorstep, there 
are a number of places in London with 
whom you can arrange specific PCW word 
processing training. Talk to any of the 
following: 

Banna Word Processing (01 493 3336) 
Digitus Training (01 251 1010) 
PS Partnership (01 379 3198) 
Office International (01 387 9339) 
No Hassle Computing (01 675 3139) or 
CTC UK Ltd (0202 299676). 
Headline Communications will offer 
specific PCW 9512 training on audio- 
cassette and disc. Call them on 0602 
603623 for further information. 



Agenda planning 



I was very pleased when you 
announced a series of tests on 
hand-held computers as I am 
thinking of buying one. 

I enjoyed the first two reports 
from which it would appear that the 
Psion is clearly superior to the 
Sharp IQ. 

The machine I have in mind is 
the AgendA, mainly because of the 
Microwriter facility of input which, if 
practical, would seem to overcome 
the objection to all other products 



of this size; ie, the impossibility of 
rapid input of text on the tiny 
keyboards. 

Are you planning to feature the 
AgendA in the near future? 

Unless it will be featured in the 
next issue, I would be most grateful 
if you could write and let me have 
your opinion on this machine and if 
it is possible for it to input/output 
information with my PCW 851 2. 

Thank you in advance for 
your help. 
J R Jackson 
Stourport on Severn 
Worcestershire 

8000 PLUS: We've had a lot of letters like 
yours over the past few weeks. We'll be 
carrying out an in-depth review of the 
AgendA in next month's issue. 



'For those of squeamish 
disposition...' 



He. the (Joxs' desperate plea tor 
directions to the Emperor's Throne 
Room in Head over Heels (see 
December Postscript's 'Royal 
Flush'). First collect all four 
Crowns. 

When you've passed the 
entrances to the Four Worlds and 
turned right, you can use a jump 
and swop identity routine to gain 
that essential little bit of height to 
reach the well-nigh-impossible 
space station door (you know, the 
one you think only Heels can get 
up to). Enter transmitter, shoot 
sprite in next room, turn right, enter 
next transmitter, carry the spring 
that you never could reach from 
below, jump down from the ledge 
to the even-more-well-nigh- 
impossible Castle door, go straight 
on through the next room, turn right 
and after another three rooms and 
an encounter with the Ape-Dalek, 




you reach the Throne Room. 

Try combining actions on the 
PCW keys. Set up one group for 
movement in all directions as 
usual, another for jump and swap 
identities simultaneously. Use 
highlighter on the keys to keep you 
orientated. 
Jim Mackay 
Aberdeen 

8000 PLUS: It would appear that 8000 
Plus readers are enjoying themselves far 
too much these days. The Coxes have 
been literally inundated (or rather, the 
office has on their behalf) with letters from 
crazed Head over Heels junkies desperate 
to share the secrets of their jump and swop 
successes. 

For anybody who's stuck 
anywhere else in the game. I understand 
that Amstrad Action, our sister magazine, 
published a complete map of the game in 
one of their issues a couple of years ago. 



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It was good to see Steve Patient 
highlighting the excellent utilities 
available to assembly 
programmers from public domain 
in the December issue. There were 
one or two problems with Z8E that 
prospective users should be aware 
of. The version in SIB/M 239 that 
he mentions won't work properly 
on the PCW. Z8E must therefore 
be modified - as has SID - to use 
RST 6 for its breakpointing. Easy 
enough if you know how. Several 
versions modified in this way are 
available from various libraries, but 
none, so far as I know, have 
corrected the bug which prevents 
symbol tables being written to disc 
properly. I have a version that 
corrects these and several other 
bugs, although I won't claim that 
I've found them all. 

If any readers want a copy, 
then they can send me a formatted 
disc and a SAE with a quid in it - 
otherwise I'll be wearing out my 
disc drives - and I'll send them an 
amended version complete with 
the documentation. 

Contrary to what Steve says, 
there is a very good 8080 
assembler book still in print - at 
least, I've seen it in several 
bookshops recently, which 
although is not PCW-specific, is 
great for learning the code. It's 
'Soul of CP/M' by Mitchell Waite 
and Robert Lafore, and published 
by H W Sams at £16.95. 
Mick Reed 
11 Older Way 
Angmering 
Sussex BN1 6 4HQ 
(Tel: 0903 775039) 

8000 PLUS: Thanks for your letter, Mick. 





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Hi Soft C £38.95 

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Hi Soft Pascal £38.95 

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Locofile £28.95 

Masterfile 8000 £32.95 

Money Manager Plus £28.95 

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Plan It £16.95 

Pocket Pretext £26.95 

Prospell £21.95 

Sage Payslips (1000) £38.95 

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Better Spelling (9-14 Yrs) £12.99 

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BACKPAGE 



COMPETITION 



FIRST PRIZE 

£500-worth of Cirtech's 
Diamond hard disc (see 
October review) wilt be 
winging its way to the 
winner of this month's 
competition. Not only 
can you connect up to 7 
PCWs to it at the same 
time, it is also the only 
hard disc from which 
you can automatically 
boot your PCW. 



To make sure the New Year gets off to a good 
start, we've got well over a thousand pounds' 
worth of prizes sitting here in the office waiting 
to be shared out among 14 lucky competition 
winners. Five simple questions are all that are 
standing between you and our fabulous first prize; 
Cirtech's Diamond 48 MB hard drive. If your name 
isn't first out of the hat, however, there are still 
plenty of other equally indispensable prizes waiting 
to be claimed. 

What about breaking into the world of high- 
speed comms with a Hayes compatible Linnet 
V21/V23 modem, complete with autodialing, 
answering and 32 name store? Cross the line in 
second place and it will be yours. Third runner-up 
will receive equally practical hardware in the form of 
SCA's Systems Professional interface (see last 
month's review.) This is the version that comes with 
the in-built battery-backed clock so that your PCW 
system clock can be set to automatically show the 
correct time whenever you switch on the machine - 
a useful addition to anybody's desktop. 

Fourth prize will be appropriate for any music- 
loving winners. Composit Software's Composer's 
Pen will have your printer churning out those chart- 
topping hits one after the other. 

If you're interested in fast scrolling and a word 




count, then two copies of the word processing 
package that we use here in the 8000 Plus 
office - Protext from Arnor - will also be up 
for grabs. 

Campbell Systems, on the other hand, are 
offering efficient and trauma-free data upkeep 
to the winners of the two copies of Masterfile 
8000 (also reviewed last month) which they 
have kindly donated to the New Year lucky dip. 

Locomotive, as we all know, are never ones 
to miss out on a party - and this one's no 
exception. Howard Fisher has thrown in two 
copies (8000 and 9512 versions) of LocoFile 
one of the friendliest PCW databases around. 
Plus, more power to your programming elbow! 
If you liked our review of PCW World's 
Streamlined BASIC earlier on this issue, 
sharpen your pencils and get thinking: four 
copies of this improved Mallard BASIC are 
waiting to be won. 

The rest is up to you. On the front of this 
month's issue is a card on which you will find 
five multiple choice questions to do with 
calendars and the New Year. Ring the 
correct answers and send it in. Don't waste 
time though; the competition closes on the 
21 st of January. ■ 



Competition Winner 

Cast your minds back to our November competition and 

you will remember that in order to win the Hi-Tec fully 

Hayes-compatible modem we 

were offering, you had to 

complete Thomas 

Jones' word circle. 

Well the first 

envelope out of 

the hat belonged 

to C Hughes from 

the Isle of Wight 

who correctly 

completed the 

puzzle below to form 

the word PROGRAMS 

Congratulations! 




The February issue of 

8000 Plus will be in 

your newsagents on 

January 25 th 1990. 

They won't be stocking 

up for long - order your 

copy now! 



Next month 




How well does Microwriter's AgendA talk to the PCW? 



What's on the AgendA? 

Responding to popular demand, we check out 
the credentials of Mircrowriter's pocket-sized 
electronic personal organiser and find out how 
well it talks to the PCW. We'll also be taking a 
look at the sort of people who can expect to get 
the most out of it. 

Using the PCW as a 

FAX machine 

Why not save yourself the £600 - £700 or so 
that it will cost you to buy a new FAX machine 
and use your PCW instead? Next month sees 
the PCW move up a few gears as it breaks into 
the world of rapid communication. 

PCWSuperDOS 

If you're one of those people who have 
always found the CP/M A> prompt unfriendly, 
this original new system from Encyclasoft offers 
you the chance to throw it over for good. 
PCW SuperDOS is, say its creators, an 
altogether more friendly desktop environment 
which has been closely modelled on the 
LocoScript disc management screen. We'll be 
reviewing it next month. 

Going FORTH 

Aside from programming the animation 
sequences in Star Wars, to what other uses can 
you put this computer language that was 
originally designed for use by astronomers. 
Read our overview of a language that doesn't 
have to be just a stack of Reversed 
Polish arithmetic. 

Making the famous 

work for you 

Intrigued? This one's all about how you - as 
a writer - can get the most out of meeting well- 
known people by marketing those special 
'celebrity' articles. 

Exploding myths (part li) 

This month, the Gods obviously weren't willing. 
Hopefully, they will be next month when we'll 
be reviewing Myth, the game for the PCW that's 
got more Poseidon and pizazz than an 
American block-buster. 



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New Star Software's Autumn 89 catalogue 

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NewStar Catalogue 

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Original and best 

software transferred to 3" disk 
on request; and our classic 
CPM applications, Touch 
'n'Go, NewWord and Cracker 
are still the best in their 
respective fiel ds. 

Several feature data and skill 
portability to MSDOS (IBM 
PC) systems, so skills learned 
on the PCW can be carried 
forward with no wasted effort. 
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To mark the appearance of our 
first major new catalogue for 
over a year, we are giving away 
a free copy of the Trivial 
Pursuit game, or for the more 
serious minded user, a copy of 
the outstanding keyboard 
trainer, Touch 'n' Go - with 
each order for £50 worth of PC 
software, accompanied by a 
copy of this advert. Offer 
applies until September 30th 
1989. Q 



From PCW to PC, 
and back again 

Included in an expanded PCW 
catalogue section, is the latest 
edition of Software 
Technology's versatile 

CSTAM: the simple to use 
serial file transfer utility: 
available with 3" PCW disk, 
3.5" and 5.25" PC disks. 

Move files between any 
combination of these systems 
using the serial connector 
lead supplied. 

□ CSTAM £49.95 

□ PCW Serial interface 
£59.95 

□ CSTAM and interface is 
purchased together £99 



More for the PCW 
owner than ever 

By popular demand the PCW 
section has been expanded, 
and includes the complete Loco 
selection from File to Font. 

Displaying it's usual commit- 
ment to be much more than 
just another software vendor's 
flog sheet, the all-new New 
Star Software Buyers' Guide 
and Catalogue is available free 
of charge - just call/write for 
your copy. 

There are 64 pages describing 
a complete range of IBM PC 
(and compatible) software, 
plus an expanded section 
covering the best of the PCW 
software. 

Accounts, wordprocessing, 
database and graphics are all 
covered. 

Check and see if your local 
software stockist has the New 
Star catalogue available - and 
if not, ask them to get some in, 
but don't delay before getting 
your free copy! □ 

Cracker 2 Turbo 

still the only high res 
graphic spreadsheet 
for PCW users 

The range of features and 
functions in Cracker remains 



NewWord2: 

the classic 

alternative WP for the 
PCW 

Lost in LocoScript? You may 
be surprised to learn that the 
most refined WordStar worka- 
like of them all has been avail- 
able to run on the PCW since 
long before LocoScript was 
dreamed of. 

NewWord2 operates under the 
CPM operating system, and 
uses the universally recog- 
nised codes that allow trans- 
portability of the skill to virtu- 
ally any micro computer - in- 
cluding systems operating 
under CDOS and Unix! What's 
more, the files are directly 
transferrable! 

□ NewWord2 PCW £60 

Li NewWord2 with Polyprint 
typeface sets, if purchased 
together £99.95 

□ Upgrade NewWord2 PCW 
to IBM PC edition £39.95 

□ Upgrade NewWord2 PCW 
to IBM PC edition with 
STAMfile transfer utility 
suite £60 

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disk required with all 
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Extensive support, close 
integration of the facilities 
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applications and the easy 
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